Depression is a common but serious medical condition that affects how you feel about yourself, your life and the environment around you. It is more like a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in your life and daily functioning. This mental illness is one of the most common illnesses of all and yet due to a social stigma attached to it, there are few people who acknowledge, discuss and seek medical help.
Mental illnesses are a little complex because one doesn’t seem too sure about how they feel and some may brush it off as just another bad day in their life. However, it is crucial that we all understand the illness, the very depth and most importantly be alert and observant enough to recognise symptoms about ourselves and our near and dear ones. Even if we aren’t medically trained, we can at least be supportive and work as a leaning shoulder to someone in need.
Here are some common hidden symptoms attached to people who suffer from depression:
- Change In Eating Habits: One would find that the patient is either eating more than usual or is suffering from a loss of appetite which then leads to extreme weight gain or weight loss.
- Unexpected Illnesses: The affected person suddenly start suffering from mild to serious sicknesses that they never had in their life before.
- Extreme Mood Swings: It is noticed that most patients always remain angry, irritable, or in a foul mood. They seem less approachable and are always complaining about their life.
- Change In Sleeping Habits: There are few people who cannot even manage to get out of bed and others who cannot manage to get sleep at all! There are extreme opposites that further lead to lifestyle changes.
- Indulgence In Alcohol Or Drugs: Alcohol, Smoking & Drugs are mood stimulators and while they can make one feel calm and composed, they are injurious to health if you get addicted.
- Faking Happiness: Patients feel compelled to put on a bright smile and say that they are okay when they are not. Thus, it gets tiring because they constantly try to live dual lives which is pretty stressful.
- Disinterest In Life: It is noticed that there is disinterest in activities that the person used to love doing, prefers cornering themselves rather than socialising, doesn’t feel like making an effort to initiate conversations or daily actions in life.
Thus, if you were to notice any of these underlying symptoms in your loved one or even yourself, try to seek medical help. There is absolutely no shame in talking about mental illnesses, acknowledging their presence in your life and trying to get all the professional help that you need. In the end, we all just want to be the best versions of ourselves!