Everyone feels sad occasionally, especially when there are moments that make a person feel unhappy. It’s normal and usually goes away after a while. However, if the feeling lasts longer than usual, then there’s probably more to it than sadness.
Depression is a medical illness that negatively affects how you perceive, feel, and act. It is characterized as feeling extreme sadness for a long period of time. Depression can even cause physical harm or worse, suicide.
There are several depression symptoms. The most common are pessimism, irritability, unease, loss of interest, persistent sad feelings, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal attempts.
One of the most common symptoms of depression is pessimism. Pessimism is not bad per se. Some people may just label it as just being realistic. However, when a person keeps seeing life with only a negative point of view, that may be a sign that they are depressed.
Irritability is also normal for humans. But sometimes, our anger is unjustified because it stems from terrible memories from our past, including childhood memories. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, irritability is a dominant childhood disorder that can stem from attachment issues with our parents.
People with depression may have a hard time “taking it easy.” As a result, they feel anxious or lose interest in life, leading to depression.
Loss of interest
Loss of interest is a major sign of depression. This makes a person feel like life is not worth living. This can also result to people feeling extreme boredom, which can sometimes make a person think about suicide just to “feel something.”
Persistent sad feeling
Persistent sad feeling is the melancholy that does not go away. People who feel this way get anxiety and panic attacks often, making them vulnerable to suicidal thoughts or even attempts.
Lastly, suicidal tendencies are one of the most severe symptoms of depression. This happens when a person loses all hope and the misery they’re feeling is too unbearable for them. It is when their judgment gets too clouded that they think suicide is the only option.
Hidden Signs of Depression
Sometimes, a person’s depression is not so obvious. So, you should always check for hidden signs of depression. These include the following:
- weight loss
- lack of concentration
- forced happiness (if a person is forcing a smile)
Depression Warning Signs
If a person is thinking about committing suicide, they may always talk about the following:
- risks of suicide.
- lines like “It would be better if I weren’t here.” or “I want out.”
If you hear about these depression warning signs from a person, it may be the time for him/her to seek immediate help.
There is no one-size-fits-all cure for depression, but it can be managed with the right combination of support, therapy, and in some cases — medication. The most effective way to alleviate depression is to see a psychiatrist. A medical professional can test if a person has depression and may prescribe antidepressants to help them. They may also perform psychotherapy sessions to gradually alleviate a person’s symptoms.
Depression is a serious problem, and is something that should not be taken lightly. Are you experiencing any of the said symptoms? It might be time to consult a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Here is a list of psychiatrists in the Philippines you can reach.
sources: webmd.com, npr.org, psychiatry.org image sources: MaxPixel, mohamed hassan from PxHere