Many feel depression is about feeling sad or low. However, it is more than that. Family and friends may feel there is nothing to be depressed about but for depressed people, no amount of coaxing can make them feel better. Depression is all consuming.
Not everyone who goes to office, smiles, has a couple of drinks and seemingly looks fine may be completely fine. Depression in its initial stage is hard to tap and more so, even harder to accept. Although an accurate diagnosis is required, some of the symptoms may be the following:
Focusing on any task becomes difficult. Making any kind of decisions and doing any activity such as reading, exercising or just watching television seems like enormous tasks. People can’t think clearly or follow what’s happening.
Everything feels hopeless, and there’s no way to feel better.
People with depression may feel like they are worthless or a failure at everything. They may keep thinking about negative events in their life – from a major trauma to petty issues. They make it big enough to busy themselves with negative thoughts. They may feel like a complete failure causing and hence get irritable with co-workers and also at home.
Sleeping pattern and time may be problematic. Falling asleep at night may feel tough and a person may keep getting up in between or wake up early. While some sleep excessively and yet wake up feeling tired. The pattern, time and quality of sleep may go for a complete toss.
Can’t do attitude
Energy levels are low to non-existent. Some people feel like they can’t get out of bed, or feel exhausted all the time even when getting enough sleep. They may feel that they are too tired to do simple daily tasks. In some cases headaches, nausea, body aches are common accomplices.
Relation with food becomes directly proportional. Some people with depression feel like they don’t want to eat anything resulting in weight loss. At the same time for some, food may be used as a comfort or coping tool resulting in weight gain.
Even though a depressed person may be aware of the symptoms and reasons, the person cannot simply decide to stop feeling depressed. It is not in their hands to realise and come out of it on their own. Depression needs medical counselling. From minor to severe cases, a physiologist or a psychiatrist may be required to counsel the person. The earlier one is counselled the better it is for the person and people around the person.