Have you ever noticed someone and thought, I wonder if he/she is depressed. Or maybe you've felt really bad lately and wondering if you have depression. Below are 3 common signs of depression. If you find that you can relate to some or all of them, I would suggest you seek help.
1. Isolation Isolation can come in many forms. It can be especially hard to spot if you consider yourself an introvert. It is most commonly noticed when you withdraw from certain events or people. Some people find themselves in bed when normally they would be out and about. In children, it might be easier to see. If asked if they would like to go somewhere or hang out with friends and they repeatedly say no, that could be a sign of isolation.
2. Personal Hygiene Another sign of depression is a lack of personal hygiene. People who struggle with depression have no desire to get dressed up with full makeup. In fact, some have little desire to complete simple hygiene tasks such as showering or brushing their hair. For adolescents, this could be difficult to declare as depression. It is very common for teenagers to lack personal hygiene but not have depression. However, for adults, if there is a lack of personal hygiene, this may be a sign of depression.
3. Increased outburst of emotions Outbursts of emotions may be one of the easier signs to notice. The best way to describe this is like a volcano. Inside is depression and when a trigger happens, out comes anger, sadness, anxiety, etc. It is important to recognize that reactions are due to inner depression, you are not just angry or sad.
After recognizing that your symptoms might be depression, the next step is to reach out for help. I would recommend getting evaluated to determine not only what is going on but what is the best treatment plan. If you find that these symptoms are seen in a loved one, the best way to reach out is to have a direct conversation with them. Tell them that you are worried about them, think that they might have depression based on these symptoms, and suggest that they see a counselor.
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