The situation is different in the case of depression. Those affected are virtually trapped in a phase of sadness and listlessness. The condition, which is actually temporary, becomes something permanent. A concrete trigger cannot always be named
Often, everything looks completely normal from the outside. But the fact is that those affected are not doing well. Mental illness affects all areas of a person’s life. Not only is sadness a well-known feeling to depressed people, but irritability as well. People who suffer from depression are much more irritable, have less control and become angry faster. The following information can help you understand if you are suffering from depression or if someone in your surroundings is struggling with depression.
If you’re asking yourself whether you’re depressed, here is a list of most common symptoms. If you have at least five of them, you may be suffering from depression.
1. You've lost joy for many things. This also applies to hobbies that used to be very dear to you.
2. Your appetite and your weight have changed dramatically.
3. You either feel noticeably slower than usual or you are restless all day.
4. You have problems falling asleep or sleeping much more than usual.
5. You are constantly irritable, moody and nervous.
6. You feel worthless or and guilty.
7. You feel tired and listless.
8. You suddenly have trouble concentrating, thinking clearly and cannot decide well. It's also hard for you to think creatively.
9. You are thinking about death and/ or suicide.
Who can help you?
If you or somebody in your surroundings have experienced at least five of these symptoms/signs over a period of at least two weeks, it is strongly advised that you seek the advice of an expert. Although self-diagnosis can be a first step, it is always necessary that a specialist assesses the situation. Only after a professional assessment is it possible to determine which type of treatment comes into question.
C A T E G O R I E S:
“The day she realised, it was not about the world but was all about her, she grew the wings. The day she understood she was not answerable to any of them who always blamed and pointed her, she had the fire blazing in her eyes. She raised and soared towards the sky. The whole world looked at her in awe and wished if only they could be her. She was not confined to be on the ground anymore. She had the wings of fire and she left a trail everywhere she went, for other to follow.”
― Akshau Vasu