How to recognize if i have depression and when to seek help

How to recognize if i have depression and when to seek help 08-08-2022

Depression is a mood disorder and is very common. During an episode of depression, the mood can change, which can result in a more prolonged state of sadness and despair. Recognizing the disorder can sometimes be difficult since depression can look different from person to person. A person suffering from depression may experience overwhelming sadness and a loss of interest in daily activities. Cognitive thoughts and behaviors are altered.

The following symptoms may occur:

  • Difficulty falling asleep and/or waking up many times during the night. This is known as insomnia. Similarly, you can experience the opposite and sleep frequently during the day, this is known as hypersomnia.
  • Change in appetite. Have a loss of appetite, resulting in weight loss or experience an increase in appetite resulting in weight gain.
  • Loss of interest in certain activities that were thought to be pleasurable in the past.
  • Feelings of despair and guilt. People with depression may feel worthless, resulting in low self-esteem and self-concept. Feeling guilty for their actions or lack thereof, often thinking that they are the cause of her people's suffering and disgust.
  • Loss of concentration that makes it difficult to think and make decisions on a day-to-day basis. Some people can feel as if they are living on autopilot and simply living the same day over and over again.

A very important symptom is the recurring thought of death. Suicidal thoughts and ideas may be present during depressive episodes.

As mentioned above, depression is not the same for everyone. It will still look the same, even if the same symptoms are present.

So how can you tell if you or someone else is suffering from depression?

Pay attention to your feelings, see if you have a greater feeling of sadness and despair that is not associated with a specific cause such as grief. If your perceptions of yourself and the world are altered. If you have a stronger feeling of loneliness and constantly judge yourself, thinking that everything you do is useless, that you are not good enough and that you are now a burden to those around you.

If you have lost interest in the activities that brought you joy and you find these activities difficult and a waste of time. Evaluate your sleep hygiene, if you find it harder to sleep at night due to overwhelming thoughts, or if you sleep more and more to avoid these thoughts. See if you're eating more to fill the empty feeling, or if you stopped eating because you're too tired and stressed to even think about food.

If you are having suicidal thoughts flooding your mind, constantly thinking about how "easy" it would be to let go or the thought that you would be doing others a favor by not existing.

If you experience any of these symptoms or thoughts, ask for help. It is never too late, every day is a new opportunity to improve and if you read this and only identify with one or two symptoms, seeking help would still be a good option, depression can be very silent and noticing it as soon as possible can always be beneficial.

Remember you are not alone.
Amy Vargas
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