How to recognize depression in adults

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Depression is not just a temporary feeling of sadness or grief. It is a long-lasting mood disorder that can interfere with a person’s ability to function in their daily life.

Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness and worthlessness that persist for weeks, months, or even years, sometimes causing individuals to lose their motivation. Depression can be disruptive and potentially dangerous.

“It it important to recognize the signs of depression so that help can be sought.”

While it may feel overwhelming, depression is a common and treatable condition. However, many people who suffer from depression never seek help due to the social stigma that is often attached to mental illness.

It it important to recognize the signs of depression so that help and support can be sought. Different people will experience depression in different ways but some signs of depression include:

1. Persistent sadness

A person with depression may feel sad or empty most of the time, even without reason.

2. Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed

A person with depression may lose interest in activities that they used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, or socializing.

3. Loss of energy

A person with depression may feel constantly tired or fatigued, and have little energy, even after resting.

4. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

A person with depression may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and they also may sleep for an excessive amount.

5. Changes in appetite or weight

A person with depression may experience decrease or increase in appetite which can result in weight loss or weight gain.

6. Feeling guilty or worthless

A person with depression may feel guilty or worthless, even when there is no logical reason for it.

7. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

A person with depression may have trouble concentrating or making decisions, or they may be unusually or uncharacteristically forgetful.

8. Ideations of death or suicide

A person with depression may have thoughts of death or suicide, or they may talk about wanting to die.

If you notice any of these symptoms in a loved one or friend, it is important to encourage them to seek help from a mental health professional. A qualified and trained professional can provide essential mental health support and care.

Together, client and counsellor can work to implement coping mechanisms, making meaningful and lasting changes. Depression is a serious condition that requires attention and care.

If a friend or loved one needs mental health support for depression, contact Chroma Counselling for expert and empathetic support. We offer in-person counselling in Vancouver and online therapy across BC.

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