Beware of the Signs of Depression

Jada York, Reporter

How To identify signs of someone who with Depression:

Based on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 60.1% of depressed adolescents received no treatment and only 2.4% were treated with medication alone for Depression. Unfortunately, the rates for teenage depression has risen over the years, and we are seeing mental health issues more and more. Including, some of the happiest people we know, behind closed doors, being consumed by their thoughts to the point where it can affect their  basic day-to-day tasks. depression having sneaky and cunning ways of hiding itself amongst us.   

However, by becoming more aware of the warning signs, the earlier the depression can be recognized and we can possibly help or get help for the individual.Depression can be more than a constant state of sadness, feeling down, and something that just can’t be “snapped out of.” depression causing a variety of symptoms. Some affecting your mood, and others affecting the body. According to the NIMH, Some physical signs examples could be:

  • Appetite and weight changes. 

( Eating too much for comfort, eating too little due to a low mood, or dramatic weight changes)

  • Changes in Sleep Habits 

( Sleeping too much/ more than often, or not being able to sleep at night)

  • Fatigue 

(although everyone feels tired from time to time, people with persistent tiredness or excessively tired may have hidden depression.

  • Drastic appearance change 

( An example would be suddenly getting a drastic haircut out of nowhere or drastic change in clothing style.)

Not all the signs of depression are obvious and in your face, some signs are more subtle and emotional changes. A few signs would be:

  • Forced happiness

( sometimes referred to as “smiling depression.” This is because individuals who hide their symptoms may put on a happy face for others.)

  • Less optimistic than others 

( Individuals with depression may also be more pessimistic. They often have a more negative view of the future or themselves.)

  • Loss of concentration 

( When a person trails off during conversations, loses their train of thought, or has a hard time focusing, or can indicate memory issues. Which is a common symptom of depression.) 

This only scraped the surface of the many signs and symptoms of depression, but these are some of the most common. If you suspect someone appears to have signs of hidden depression, try to talk to them about their symptoms and offer nonjudgmental support advice. This can include encouraging them to seek treatment, planning enjoyable activities together, or even offering to accompany them to appointments. People looking after someone with depression need to make sure to also practice good self-care in order to preserve their own mental well-being. 

Some other sources are:

  • Comcare Crisis Hotline (660-7500)
  • National suicide prevention hotline- ( 1-800-273-8255)
  • Hope Line Network ( 1-800-784-2433) 1-800-SUICIDE 
  • www.yellow ribbon.org