According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common disorders throughout America. In fact, 16.5 percent of people have a lifetime prevalence of depression.
By Definition, depression is a psychological disorder known to affect an individual’s life in several different ways. Most often it is caused by feeling sad and losing interest in activities. If this continues, it may begin to affect a person’s family, sleep, work, school, eating, and overall health. Unfortunately, 3.4 percent of these individuals commit suicide as a result of severe cases of depression.
Common Signs of Depression
The signs of depression should be recognized by everyone, as we never know when a loved one may become depressed. It is often that an individual may begin feeling depressed following a personal injury, or if they have lost a family member or close friend. Some common signs to look for regarding depression include (but are not limited to):
- Avoid social situations
- Decreased sexual drive
- Lack of concentration
- Low mood
- Suicidal thoughts
If you have noticed any of these signs following an injury, it is advised to seek immediate medical attention as it could mean that victim is suffering from depression.
Common Causes of Depression
Oftentimes, when a person is involved in a traumatic event, they will often develop depression. However, depression can also be caused by a number of different factors, some of which may be very surprising. Some common signs of depression include:
- Birth control pills
- Facebook overload
- Lack of fish in your diet
- Location of living
- Motor vehicle collision
- Poor sibling relationships
- Poor sleep habits
- Rx medications
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- The end of a TV show or movie series
- Thyroid disease
- Too many choices
- Traumatic events
In some cases, depression may worsen and result in a person wanting to commit suicide, these signs should be recognized by anyone that knows someone suffering from depression.
Warning Signs of Suicide
Depression is known as a major risk factor for suicide. The associated deepened despair and hopelessness that goes with depression may make suicide seem like the only method of escape for that individual. Furthermore, it is not a warning sign if a person is actually thinking about suicide, rather a cry for help. Some warning signs of suicide may include:
- A strange preoccupation with death or dying
- Acting in a reckless manner, like they have a death wish
- Expressing the strong feelings of being trapped or hopeless
- Getting affairs in order
- Saying goodbye to people
- Speaking about “everyone being better off without me”
- Switching from extremely depressed to happy and calm
- Talking about harming or killing one’s self
If you believe that a friend or family member may be considering suicide, express your concern and seek the attention of a medical professional immediately. This act may end up saving that person’s life. If you are feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-866-947-7449 today.