Depression (or major depressive disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by a pervasive and persistent low mood that is accompanied by low self-esteem and by a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. It’s also a serious illness that a lot of people suffer from, but don’t speak of.
Symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Appetite or weight changes.
- Sleep changes.
- Anger or irritability
- Loss of energy
- Reckless behavior.
- Concentration problems.
- Unexplained aches and pains.
- Thoughts of or attempted suicide.
Living day to day with depression can be both mentally and physically draining and sometimes, it feels like your at the end of your rope. Some people go on for years before seeking professional help for this disorder and even then, some don’t get the help they need. It may not always be visible if someone has depression, but if you suspect someone you know is suffering from depression, it’s best to sit them down and talk to them. If you think they are suicidal, ask them straight up, “are you thinking about killing yourself?”. Most people who have lived with this disorder for years, are sometimes great at hiding it. If you suspect, even after they assure you nothing is wrong, do some research and talk to someone who can possibly help you in helping the person you know. If you happen to be on facebook and see a post about something threatening to end it or them being at the end of their rope, you can always send in a report to facebook and then call local authorities. Depression is something to take very serious and is not something to look past. If you are the one thinking about suicide, talk to someone you trust. Also talk to your healthcare provider and they can help you take the necessary steps you need to getting the proper help you need. Just because you have depression, doesn’t mean you are no better or less of a person. And suicide is never the answer. Below are resources and numbers to call if you or someone you know are suffering from depression in silence.
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK
National Adolescent Suicide Hotline:1-800-621-4000