What is depression? To you it might just be a term to describe sadness or despair.
But in the medical sense, it is a long-term state of non-productivity, apathy, and general loss of interest and enthusiasm that sets in usually after an individual is dealt a huge blow in life, or has experienced a major setback.
Being clinically depressed is not just an excuse to be "self-indulgent", as some people think.
In fact, depressed people are usually ashamed or disgusted at their own inability to function normally. And this kind of feeling, unfortunately, merely reinforces their depressive tendencies, pushing them deeper into the abyss of no return.
How do you know if you or someone close to you is suffering from depression? Here are some symptoms that may act as indicators:
1) Loss of interest
They're suddenly no longer interested in stuff they used to like. They no longer express any enthusiasm about anything. They stop caring about the people or things around them.
2) Irritable, anxious and worried
They get angry at others fast, and always want to be left alone. They appear to be constantly sad, troubled and bothered. You never see them smile anymore.
3) Lack of communication
They are interacting with others much less than before. They hardly talk to anyone, and when they do, it's just a few words at most. Getting them to speak is a struggle.
4) Inability to be productive
They can't seem to focus and concentrate on what they do, which may affect their job or studies. They might sleep excessively, isolate themselves, or even talk about ending their life in order to escape their problems.
If you know of anyone whose symptoms closely match what is described above, and whom you think might be suffering from depression, don't hesitate to seek help.
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