10 Signs That A Loved One May Be Experiencing Depression

Much of the attention that I have gotten from this site is actually from family members of individuals who are facing mental illness vs actual sufferers. For that reason, I thought that I would write an article that illustrates some of the signs that a loved one may be experiencing depression.

Of course, signs aren’t limited to those listed here, so you must always be careful that you aren’t jumping the gun when it comes to judgement of a loved one’s behaviours.

So here you go, in no particular order.

  1. Lack of energy :: If you notice that your friend or family member is spending hours watching mind-numbing television and not able to get off the couch, this may be a sign that they have lost interest in activities that they usually enjoy, which could be a sign of depression or other form of mental illness.
  2. Isolation :: If you have noticed that you haven’t seen your friend or loved one in a few weeks, when you normally see that individual on a regular basis, or if your friend or loved one has isolated themselves to a section of the house that is hidden from everyone else, this may be a red flag for depression.
  3. Weight Loss :: Sudden weight loss could be a sign of depression or other form of mental illness. When not medicated, individuals suffering from mental illness are very susceptible to lose their appetites when at the heights of their mood episode or depression.
  4. Weight Gain :: Weight gain can also be a sign that the person you care about is suffering from depression or other form of mental illness. You may have heard of people emotionally eating. That will likely result in weight gain of some kind.
  5. House Cleaning :: When you are feeling shitty, just about the last thing that you want to do is get up and clean. Similarly, you may be one of those people who clean on overload when you are feeling off. Either of these behaviours can be red flags of depression or other form of illness.
  6. Self Care :: A tell tale sign that your friend or loved one is not doing very well is if they allow their self care routines fall by the wayside. If they aren’t showering or brushing their teeth and hair, etc, you should pay attention to this. It is a very apparent sign that they may be suffering from depression.
  7. Over Sleeping :: If you notice that your loved one is sleeping significantly longer than is normal for them, it is likely that they are somehow unwell. This could be a sign of depression or other mental illness.
  8. Sleeping Not Enough :: Alternatively, some people find it very difficult to sleep when they are in throws of depression. They may be kept up by negative thoughts and find themselves unable to get proper rest. If you notice that your friend or loved one has gone for a day or two without sleep, this may be a sign of depression or mental illness.
  9. Poor Mood :: This may sound fairly obvious, but it should still be noted as a sign of depression or other mental illness. If the person in question is in an unusually elevated mood, then that would be a possible of sign of bipolar disorder. When dealing with depression, you may notice that your friend or family member is snapping at you when the circumstance doesn’t call for it.
  10. Finally, if your friend or loved one shares with you that their minds are stuck in negative thoughts, this may be a sign of a mental health issue, like depression. When your thoughts get stuck in a negative thought cycle, it wears on you and doesn’t take long before it becomes draining and begins to affect your entire life. This is depression.

There you have it. This is just a general list of signs and symptoms that would likely be the most noticeable, should your friend or loved one become depressed. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to have a conversation with the person who is experiencing the symptoms.

Just because someone is exhibiting signs of depression, does not mean that if is immediately time to take a trip to the psychiatrist. Perhaps this person just needs a kind ear and some loving support.

Be there for the person who is depressed. Ask what it is that they need from you. Do your best to be available to that person and, above all, be patient.

 

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