Detecting Depression in a Loved One
How to tell if someone is experiencing depression and what you can to to help
Everyone experiences sadness throughout their life, however sometimes people experience periods of extreme sadness which could lead to depression. Depression is different than sadness; it involves more intense feelings of sadness which lasts longer.
Depression affects everyone differently. The frequency, severity, and duration of symptoms can vary. Depression is serious and can be life-threatening if left untreated.
Below are some of the major symptoms and signs of depression
- Loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Changes in appetite or unintentional weight gain or loss
- Constant pains (stomach-aches, headaches)
- Loss of energy
- Trouble remembering or concentrating
If you or someone you know is suffering or may be suffering from depression speak with a health care provider immediately. If you feel the need for emergency assistance, contact your area suicide hotline number available at suicide.org. For more information on depression visit the National Institute of Mental Health. Don’t wait, help is available and can be very effective.
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