What is depression?
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when a person lives alone and avoids social activities, social gatherings, we can say, he is depressed. When a person is hopeless and feels worthlessness, it can be considered as depression. Depression affects ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life.
Signs and symptoms of depression
Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms that anyone can see within a person who has depression. During depression, a person’s mental ability is checked and tested. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows.
Here are the common symptoms of depression:-
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Normally a person thinks that he is helpless and there is no hope in his/her life.
- Loss of interest in daily activities. More often, a person with depression feels loss of interest in daily activities. A depressed person has even no desire to sex and social activities.
- Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain is a symptom of depression, but at the same time, a depressed person eats too much or too less.
- Sleep changes. Either a depressed person sleeps too much or has no sleep during the night.
- Anger or irritability. Feeling anger or irritated too much is also a symptom of a depressed person. A depressed person has low tolerance level.
- Loss of energy. Feeling of tiredness, low energy is very common symptom of a depressed person.
- Concentration problems. Trouble focusing is also a common symptom if you meet a depressed person. A depressed person has issues in decision making.
- Fear of Future. According to psychiatrist in Bhopal, Dr. Satyakant Trivedi, a depressed person has fear about the future. He has fear of unwanted situation in the future.
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, pain in other parts of the body is very common symptom of depression in men and women both.
Some more symptoms of depression includes –
- Talking about killing or harming one’s self
- Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
- An unusual preoccupation with death or dying
- Acting recklessly, as if they have a death wish
- Calling or visiting people to say goodbye
- Getting affairs in order (giving away prized possessions, tying up loose ends)
- Saying things like “Everyone would be better off without me” or “I want out”
- A sudden switch from being extremely depressed to acting calm and happy
Depression and suicide risk
Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. There are many people who tried to commit suicide, so depression must be treated. A person with depression actually has no hope and sadness becomes his/her thinking.
Depression is curable
No matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better and there is a treatment available for depression. Dr. Satyakant Trivedi explains that depression is curable and many people in Bhopal feels very bad when disclosing the mental health issues. So, he urges everyone to come out and explain whatever they may have.
What you can do to feel better
When you’re depressed, it can be your life’s worst time, but slowly but slowly it will be passed if you have patience and strong will to cure it. Many celebrities and sports person has depression in the past and they have conquered it. The key is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there, trying to do a little more each day.
When to seek professional help
If support from family and friends and positive lifestyle changes aren’t enough, psychiatrist in Bhopal, suggests that a depressed person must visit a mental health counselor and get rid of.