10th September of every year is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). It is observed since 2003 to create awareness and show worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) hosts the World Suicide Prevention Day.
Suicide is associated with a number of complex and underlying factors such as pain and hopelessness.
While there are many reasons for a person to jump to that extreme step or even consider it, depression is one of the common reasons for it. Depression is extremely high among teenagers or young adults, to the point where they consider suicide.
This World Suicide Prevention Day, we are writing this article on depression to create awareness, in an attempt to break the social stigma.
Most people in today’s world have a pretty callous attitude towards others. This makes it extremely hard for people to express their feelings and eventually spiral down a dark abyss called depression. This especially includes men, due to various reasons like social stigma or insecurities.
But, what if that person is not really aware of the symptoms or signs of depression and in turn is ignorant of the fact that he/she requires help from an expert.
So, here are 5 subtle signs of depression that you shouldn’t ignore in yourself or someone you know. Before we begin, do understand that being just unhappy about something is completely different from persistent and unshakable dark feelings and uncontrollable thoughts.
1. Difficulties with sleep
Sleep issues are one of the common signs of clinical depression. If you do go through an occasional restless night or two, it is not much of a cause for concern.
However, if you are persistently having rough nights for long in spite of being tired and exhausted, it might be a sign of depression.
These sleep difficulties or insomnia, does not let you fall asleep even when you are exhausted or does not let you stay asleep for long.
On the other hand, a few people tend to sleep a lot than usual. They feel tired and exhausted even after sleeping throughout the night for a good 8-10 hours and find it extremely hard to wake up in the morning.
If you have noticed such changes in your sleep habits lately, you must check with an expert before it gets out of your hand.
2. Concentration and focus issues
Are you finding it increasingly hard to concentrate at work lately?
Have you been misplacing things and forgetting about their whereabouts?
Is your mind constantly engulfed in a fog?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to all the above questions, we would suggest you get help.
Having trouble focusing on everyday tasks or the inability to concentrate on work for long can be a sign of depression.
This could also include you losing interest in things which you earlier used to like. For example, sports, hobbies or just going out with your friends.
3. Anxiety and irritability
While depression does not cause anxiety, it is a sign that may suggest that you are suffering from depression. Some of the symptoms of anxiety bouts are:
- Panic attacks
- Rapid heartbeat
- Heavy sweating
- Tense feeling
On the other hand, you may easily be irritated or lose your temper too often. Irritability and having a risky behavior is also a warning sign that you need to divulge your thoughts and feelings with an expert.
4. Weight and appetite fluctuations
Similar to sleep difficulties, weight and appetite fluctuations can affect different people in different ways.
Few people may lose their appetite and weight altogether, while a few others gain extreme weight due to directing their focus towards food for mental comfort.
To double-check if your weight and appetite fluctuations are a cause of depression, simply ask yourself if those changes were made consciously. If the changes are not intentional, then it is a sign that you need to speak with an expert, before other health issues crop up.
5. Rapid mood swings
Lastly, but most importantly, rapid mood swings or uncontrollable emotions are a clear warning sign of depression.
One moment you are normal, and the very next moment you may break for no reason or burst into anger. This unreasonable and uncontrollable behavior is a sign of depression.
This eventually may result in you blaming yourself in spite of not doing anything wrong and feel worthless. It is important to remember that you need to cut yourself some slack and take an expert’s help.
Depression or not, any sign of mental or emotional health being deteriorated and increasingly compromising your quality of life must be confided to your close friend or reported to an expert.
If you are too overwhelmed to go to an unknown person and open up, it might be easier for you to just pick up your phone, dial 8800 644 744 and get a virtual consultation from an expert.
We promise you that it will be your first step towards recovery and a better life.