One of the crippling aspects of depression is that you feel so alone. It is not a usual sadness because of a specific trying event, but an all-encompassing despondency from which you may feel there is no escape.
It is unfortunate, that the stigma is still there despite the fact that as of 2017, 300 million people around the globe have been diagnosed with severe depression. Here are some tips to help you recognize depression and suicidal thoughts, and help yourself or others deal with it until professional help can be obtained.
Signs of Depression
The overwhelming pressure of depression will manifest in behavioral signs, and these signs will vary by degree and by person. Some things to watch for are:
- Change in sleep patterns, either increase or decrease
- Frequent emotional outbursts, like tears of frustration or angry tirades
- A general disconnect from the world, as if in a fog
- Change in appetite with a concurrent change in weight
- Lack of joy from anything
- Increased withdrawal from society
- Talk of harming oneself
- Suicidal ideation
Dealing with Depression
If you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself or someone in your circle, reach out. One of the best, and bravest, things you can do is stay connected to others if you are the one suffering, or keep in touch with the person who is struggling with depression.
Another extremely brave thing you can do is to reach out to mental health professionals who can help you not only deal with the crisis at hand but help you learn coping skills that can get you through possible tough times down the road.
You can also try small daily practices, such as:
- Get some fresh air and sunshine.
- Engage in physicality, even if it’s just a walk.
- Find something that brings you joy, and turn to it when negativity crops up.
- Turn that frown upside down—change negatives into positives.
Now Is the Time
If you find yourself struggling with depression or would like to speak to one of our referral specialists regarding which program may best benefit you or a loved one, please contact Vista Del Mar Behavioral Healthcare Hospital today for a free assessment. Our Referral and Assessment Specialists are available 24/7 to help guide you through the process.