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Mental depression: The Common Black Dog in Every Family

Mental depression is one of the most common psychological disorders affecting people all across the world. Still, the illness is overlooked by many. Either you don’t understand the ongoing depressive events or the people around you fail to notice your condition. So, both the ways you are offering the fuel to the fire. Also, people often hide their grief by wearing a smiling mask. That said, you can worsen the symptoms and can make your life more miserable. 

Nevertheless, when the families can’t see the saddening life you are experiencing, it can be hazardous. How many times you, as a family member, tried to notice the change in a person’s behavior

Obviously, one can’t know what’s going deep inside someone. Though a few signs can help you identify that your closed one is feeling depressed. Depression is a black dog in everyone’s family. You just need to keep an open mind and eyes to save a life around you.

What Signs Can You Lookout For? 

Depressive disorder can affect a person of all ages. Teens, adults, older people, and even kids can go through this dark phase. However, the causes and symptoms vary for everyone. Although the exact reason for this mental condition is still unknown, many researchers claim that there are several factors that can be the cause of a person’s depression. So, to comprehend your loved ones symptoms at the apt time, watch out for these warning signs in them:

  • Depression Signs in Women

Women are more likely to experience depression than men, according to studies. There are various biological and personal factors backing this condition more in women.

If you feel your daughter, sister or wife is going through a hard phase, and it can be depression symptoms, you will see some altered patterns in her life. It includes overeating, weight gain, the feeling of guilt, and excessive sleeping in them. Many times, depression in women may occur during menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy. Also, 1 out of 7 women experiences postpartum depression following childbirth.

  • Depression Signs in Men 

Most of the time, men who are going through this condition are less inclined to accept feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. However, you will find them complaining about irritability, sleep problems, fatigue, and loss of interest in hobbies and work. As per research, men suffering from mental depression may also show symptoms of anger, risky behavior, aggression, or substance abuse.

  • Depression Signs in Older People

You will find older people lamenting more about the physical health conditions instead of emotional depression symptoms. When distressed, they will frequently complain of exhaustion, loss of memory, and unexplained aches and pains. They may also avoid taking medications and disregard their personal appearance.

  • Depression Signs in Teenagers

Depression affects teens more than you realize, as this stage of life is extremely challenging for many. 1 out of 5 teens goes through the agitated moments at some point in life. They might be sad and alone, and you have to recognize it. Depression in teenagers is beyond the mood swings. You may see them irritated, upset, and annoyed, usually the most apparent traits in depressed teens — not blues. They may also have a stomachache, headache, or other physical pain.

What is the Theory Behind Depression?

As said, the causes of this mental condition are not entirely known. However, a lot of scientists blame an imbalance in the brain’s chemicals for this mental state.

Neurotransmitters are chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Those chemicals play a vital role in fluctuating human mood. When there is an insufficient supply of any of these chemicals, it may lead to the symptoms of major depression.

However, depression is not restricted to an imbalance of neurotransmitters. There are also many more factors causing depression. Psychological, biological, as well as social factors, can be equal culprits.

Other Signals to Catch

Anyhow, if we see in a simple way, a wide range of distressing life events have a tendency to trap someone into a depressive mood. It could be a business loss, a divorce, no employment, the death of a loved one, and childhood trauma. So, you have to identify the possible signs of depression in a person. Here are those clues:

  • Loss of Interest

When someone does not show any or least interest in activities that they once loved, like sports, cooking, traveling, or even hanging out with friends, you’ve got a sign. Ask them instantly if everything is fine.

  • Emotional Disbalance

The person may be bursting out of anger one moment. The next, he or she uncontrollably starts crying. These constant up and down of emotions is another hint of major depression that is causing mood swings.

  • Dietary Changes

Change in appetite and weight of a person is yet another telltale sign of depression. However, reality will be distinct from one person to another. With this, we mean that one person will have a decreased appetite and will lose weight, whereas another will be hungry frequently and will gain weight. Such changes in appetite without any proposed dietary regimen is linked to mental depression.

Depression Treatment

Your loved one might be experiencing major depressive disorder if he or she is undergoing a few of the above-discussed symptoms for more than two weeks. The person needs an effective treatment that can regulate his or her mood and to heal from the most severe episodes of depression. Make sure to lend them a helping hand through the combination of these therapeutic measures:

  • Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication
  • Herbs and Tea

Be Always There…

Not every time ‘fine’ as someone’s response to your question is actually the right feeling. It is not fine to ignore the symptoms. You should observe the changing lifestyle pattern of the people close to you. The family is the source of seeking good in life. Try to figure out what is hurting the person. The family members are the support system for each other. If you think you have that bond, you should take care of the person that might be depicted in his fluctuating attitude. Depression can steal away the enjoyment or pleasure out of the person’s life. Acknowledging that the person has a clinical or even mild depression is crucial to getting the right help for them. 

Also Read:

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Fighting Depression: The Need of the Hour

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