Like all other ailments originating in the mind and staying there –many ailments originate in the mind and manifest on the body and are grouped under psychosomatic disorders –depression is difficult to recognize and classify in easy ways. Often, signs and symptoms in a person who has depression take many years to show up. Even to spot this, it takes quite a lot of effort, and the people recognizing it in a person newly should have known that person for a long time to notice differences that are tangible. |
Symptoms have to be looked for carefully
Many mental disorders are a little difficult to detect. This is especially true of depression, because we all have it to some or another extent at various points of time in our lives. We all go through rough patches, many times over day-to-day matters. When we have an argument with our spouse for instance, we feel low for a while. We are all prone to mood swings over small matters a lot of times. This being the case; it is a little difficult to identify depression as an ailment. A person with disorders like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia is a lot easier to identify than one with depression.
Look for some signs
Lack of interest in day-to-day activities could be one of the first signs of a depressed mind. The person in whom depression is setting in has a difficulty in maintaining interest in small things. If you asked that person to pluck vegetables from your garden, he would probably take two or three attempts at completing the job. In between; he could probably be disturbed by thoughts of a past incident or of an impending danger, usually assumed. It could be that even as he is plucking vegetables, he could be thinking of what to do if his boss fired him today.
Too tired to be entertained
Persistent lack of motivation is another sign of depression. Most people would find diversions like movies, shopping or driving invigorating. But in the depressed person; these are very unpleasant tasks that he has to be forced into doing. It takes a lot of persuasion and cajoling to get the person to do simple things like doing the laundry. People with depression also have very low sexual appetite. A partner can use this parameter to find out if the person has depression. Any noticeable dip in drive, without another noticeable factor, could be an indicator of depression.
Spotting early is better
Depression is best treated when it is detected earlier on. As we saw; it is not very easy to identify depression quickly, because it seldom sets in overnight, unless in cases of extreme shock, such as death of a loved one or some other tragedy. It is important to keep looking out for changes in behavior.
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