Mental awareness is an issue that has continued to gain recognition worldwide over the years. However, there still seems to be no consensus when it comes to the diagnosis or treatment of the common mental illness known as depression. A recent study by researchers at the University of Amsterdam revealed that the diagnostic tools were not completely comprehensive. This means that different people would qualify as ‘depressed’ based on what diagnostic tool the psychologist decides to use. In this article, we will mention some universal signs which have been agreed upon when it comes to spotting the signs of depression.
Spotting the Signs of Depression
Changes in Sleeping Patterns
Insomnia is one of the major signs of depression. Other sleep-related issues include sleeping for far too long, that is, more than the recommended 7-9 hours in adults.
When one is sad without a particular reason for more than 2 weeks, this may be a sign of depression. Another factor to look out for is that if the sadness does not seem to fade over time; consider seeking professional help then.
Lack of Interest in Any Activity
This sign is easy for anyone to diagnose based on the fact that we all keep track of our lifestyles. For instance, if you loved going out with friends before, but now you seem to just want to be alone, there is a high chance you are depressed. A depressed person is more likely to withdraw from the general public.
Fatigue alone can be a sign of dozens of disorders or illnesses. However, it is important not to overlook this sign on a person that is suspected to be suffering from depression. People who are depressed generally do not like to get up and do anything. They may stay indoors all day and come up with the slightest excuse not to run errands.
Depressed people often have a short temper and will quickly lash out at the people around them even over minor issues.
Change in Eating Patterns
When a person starts to either eat less or overeat, this may be an indicator of depression.
When it comes to spotting the signs of depression, the most important thing is to be aware of your mind, body, and soul. The above signs do not necessarily mean that one has depression. For instance, you could have fatigue due to a tedious week at work. Change in eating or sleeping patterns could be the results of other disorders. You must never self-diagnose, as the only way to be sure is by seeking professional help.
Featured Image: depositphotos/Dmyrto_ZPosted on May 5, 2023