Seven signs you could be suffering with depression. New study
(DearPK webdesk news): Alarming statics reveal one on four people in the UK experience some kind of mental health problem each year. A further 17 out of 100 people feel so low that they suffer with suicidal thoughts.
Many people misunderstand conditions like depression and think it’s something that happens to other people.
But according to the World Health Organisation, “if we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally”.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that depression is sadness, but the two are entirely different things. While sadness is a normal human emotion that comes and goes and is usually caused by certain events, depression is a constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
When sadness lasts for more than two weeks and doesn’t waver significantly, this can be warning sign of depression. This is especially true when there is no overt reason for this sadness. If you’ve just lost a loved one, longer-term sadness is likely part of the grief process. If you are sad for no reason, you should be concerned and seek help. You might feel down, upset or tearful for no apparent reason.
Feeling restless, agitated or irritable
Depressed individuals often have a short temper and lash out verbally at others, even over small issues. You might notice feeling uncharacteristically irritable and intolerant of others.
Having no motivation or interest in things
If you used to love socializing or playing sport but you suddenly have no interest or motivation to do anything, this can be a symptom of depress. If you do try to partake in these activities you might find you can’t gain any pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy.
Feeling isolated and cut off from others
Avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities is a common sign of depression. You might also find it harder to relate to others.
Experiencing disturbed sleep
You might find it difficult to fall asleep at night or start waking up very early in the morning.
Changes in eating patterns
Like sleep issues, either overeating or going off food, in conjunction with other symptoms that define depression, can indicate mental illness.
Hopeless and despairing
In severe cases, you might feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and even have suicidal thoughts. The most important thing is to know yourself – your mind and body.