Depression and What To Look For To Know If You Need Help
Feeling depressed is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it can affect anyone’s life in a lot of ways. Sometimes, people develop means that can help them manage or overcome their depression, but unfortunately a lot of individuals can find it difficult to cope with their current situation.
When undealt with, depression can take a toll on someone’s life, which can then make it extremely difficult for them to live and function everyday. This article would hopefully be able to give you insight on what depression is, and what to look for to know if you need any kind of help.
If you feel as though you’re alone in the world because of depressive symptoms, statistics show that as many as 350-million people actually suffer from depression. This means 5-percent of the world’s population may be in need of mental health care assistance, with 16-million of these alone coming from the United States.
This means you’re not exactly alone in this struggle against depression, but this also means there’s still a way for you to be able to manage this mental health concern. If you want to check as to whether or not you might need professional help, here are things to watch out for:
- Have you been experiencing this for at least two weeks? One of the main criteria for depression that may indicate you need professional help is if you’ve been experiencing this feeling for a few weeks now. Feelings of sadness and depression, while common, generally only last until two weeks. Anything more than that, and you might be dealing with depression that needs assistance in order to be managed.
- Have you been caring for others? If you’re having feelings of sadness and depression but at the same time need to be taking care of other people such as children, the elderly, or a disabled patient, then you might need professional assistance from groups such Psychologist Southern Sydney. This is because it’s important to remember that you can’t take care of others properly if you yourself don’t receive the help you need in order to overcome a depressive situation.
- Has your depression been making an impact to work? It’s very likely that you’re working for a living, which is an important component not just for your social identity, but for the sole purpose of having a means of livelihood. If you’re starting to miss days in your workplace, if you’ve been calling in sick more often, or if you’re becoming late because of your depression, then you might need to start seeking help. This is especially if you don’t want to lose your job or stop doing what it is that you love at work.
- Has your depression been affecting your physical health? Some symptoms of depression that needs particular attention is the kind that results in lack of sleep, loss of weight, or gain of weight. Depression can easily make you feel fatigued which, when combined with heightened stress levels, can start weakening your immune system to the point of possibly getting sick.
- Has your depression stopped you from enjoying things? You must have some form of hobby or passion such as drawing, singing, writing, cooking, or even eating. Depression is very much capable of making these things lose their luster, and this is perhaps one of the key indicators that the depression you’re experiencing is the kind that needs immediate professional assistance.
- Have you been doing self-medication via drugs and alcohol? It’s likely that when you’ve started to turn to alcohol or using prescription drugs for your depression, then you might need professional assistance. Remember, self-medication without proper guidance can lead to more harm than good. It’s much better to get a professional opinion on what to do about your situation so it wouldn’t harm you in the long run.
- Have you started to lose your will to get out of bed? One of the many signs of depression that needs help is sleep disturbance, where you might sleep too much or too little because of what you’re feeling. The effect of having poor sleep is feeling agitated or fatigued upon awakening, which can make you feel awful that you don’t want to get out of your bed anymore.
- Have you started to develop thoughts of self-harm or suicide? If there’s perhaps any thought you can’t ignore when it comes to having depression, it’s having thoughts of suicide or self-harm. This is a sign that you’re in need of immediate assistance, especially if you feel as though you can’t take in everything anymore.
The Bottomline: Depression Is Not Always Easily Seen
Depression, despite being a common psychological condition, shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a mental health concern that needs attention immediately, especially if you know you may have signs and symptoms that you’re experiencing this condition.
It’s important to remember that seeking help to cope with depression isn’t a sign of weakness, but rather a decision that puts you on a position of strength. After all, seeking help for depression - alongside a nurturing environment and a strong support system - can at least be your first step towards claiming a better, and brighter life.
Janice has a wealth of experience and training. She holds a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Master of Arts (Counselling), Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy (ASH) and is a Registered Psychologist at Psychologists Southern Sydney. She’s also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.