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The 7 Signs of Depression to Watch Out For

The 7 Signs of Depression to Watch Out For

Mental health is as important, if not more important, than physical health. It can really be difficult to get sober and clean when a person’s mind is not right. Thoughts of feeling down, anxious, or not happy can begin to play on a person’s emotional state and create a challenge for getting on the road to recovery. Find out what some of the signs of depression are and how to know if it is happening to a loved one.

Role of Mental Health

In early recovery, many people discover that underlying mental health issues co-exist along with addiction. This may be masked by drugs and alcohol and, in fact, exacerbated by it. When mental health issues are uncovered, it opens up new avenues of healing, but can create a feeling of being overwhelmed by all that goes along with such a diagnosis. Getting professional help for mental health issues can boost recovery. The challenge is knowing what is just a tough day all around, versus a more difficult scenario of experiencing lingering depressive symptoms.

Know the Difference

Depression displays a number of symptoms that are unique together and for a prolonged period of time. It can last more than two weeks. Some of the common signs and symptoms to watch for include:

  • Changes to mood and emotions. Everyone feels down and out sometimes. What makes this different is the feeling of being low or down, irritable, angry, frustrated, sad for periods of time, and unexplained crying. If this occurs over a period of time, it may suggest depression.
  • Appetite changes. A person may be more hungry, or eat less, depending on the individual. If there has been a shift in what or how a person takes interest in food, it can suggest mood changes.
  • Feeling uncomfortable. A person who is struggling with depression will exhibit signs of anxiety, agitation, and restlessness. This can manifest in outbursts or more drawing inward.
  • Changes to sleeping pattern. Either a person is unable to sleep or sleeps more often. Sleeping changes can signal a person is not feeling quite right.
  • Lack of interest. A person who experiences loss of libido, withdraws from social groups, and seems to lack joy in activities may be experiencing difficult emotions and depression. Someone who typically seems into socializing and withdraws or stops taking interest in going out in public may have a problem with depression.
  • Lack of focus. A person with depression may feel mentally hazy and find it hard to speak clearly, make decisions, or have energy to even think about doing things.
  • Intrusive thoughts. It can be like having a tape running in constant motion in their mind. A million thoughts may swim around and feel uncontrollable (without help).

A person who may be struggling with depression should seek help, or have a loved one able to notice the signs and offer to help them find professional support. Depression should be taken seriously, especially when it coincides with addiction. There are many ways a person can get help for depression including medication, therapy, and holistic methods. The best place to start is professionals who understand addiction and mental health issues that can provide the right kind of help for the individual’s circumstances and provide long-term support for a better recovery.

Finding help for depression, mental health issues, and addiction starts with acknowledging something is not right. If a loved one, or yourself, is struggling, there is help available. Serenity provides help for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number to find out how we can help: 866-294-9401