You may be familiar with the common signs of someone with depression: feeling sad, hopeless and being down on themselves all the time. If someone you know is experiencing these feelings, don’t take them lightly – but also know there can be much more subtle signs of depression to look for. The dictionary defines depression as: a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness.
There are many forms of depression — more than 100. Each type of clinical depression has its own level of intensity and features. And it’s not just a one-day diagnosis. It can be from a big life-changing event, an imbalance of hormones or a seasonal diagnosis. Each form of depression is different and needs to be treated correctly. When you’re aware of which warning signs to look for, you can be better prepared to get your loved one the help they need.
This infographic breaks down 10 different unusual signs of depression that your loved one could be experiencing. If they’re showing any of these warning signs, don’t wait to do something about it. Talk with a professional doctor or counselor and seek help from friends and family.
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