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Depression is one of those problems that can occur in all ages, all races, and both sexes. This mental issue has no boundaries when it comes to affecting individuals. On the other hand, there are risk factors that might put one in the category to have problems with depression.

Risk Factors

  • Trauma during childhood
  • Trauma during teen years
  • Substance abuse
  • Low self-confidence
  • Family history of mental issues
  • Lack of acceptance for sexual preference
  • Issues adjusting to a health problem such as stroke, COPD, cancer, etc.
  • Issues adjusting to major injuries such as paralysis
  • Prior mental health problems
  • No support system like family and friends
  • Side effects of certain medicines such as corticosteroids, beta blockers, statins, and hormonal medicines

Signs of Depression

Everyone can feel sad at some time in their lives. However, depression and sadness are not the same. There are signs to watch for so you will know if you or a loved one are suffering from depression or are just having a normal sad/bad day.

Change in Feelings

The most recognized symptom of depression is the feeling of hopelessness or helplessness. Other feelings can also be present such as guilt, hating oneself, or feeling worthless. Many people suffering from depression often wonder if continuing onward is worth it.

Loss of Interest in Things Once Enjoyed

When a person is suffering from depression, they often withdraw from activities they once enjoyed. The lose interest in hobbies, activities, and even spending time with family and friends. Major depression can lead to impotence and decrease in sex drive.

Exhaustion

The main reason most individuals with depression lose interest in the things they once loved is due to lack of energy. Most feel tired all the time and often sleep more than usual or cannot sleep at all. Depression has been linked to sleepless nights or sleeps more hours than ever before which can lead to anxiety.

Moodiness and Anxiety

These symptoms are often seen in both sexes; however, in men, the moodiness can be displayed in other actions such as misplaced anger or risky behavior.

Increase or Decrease of Appetite

Both an increase or decrease of appetite is a symptom of depression. Some individuals will eat more and gain weight, while another person will eat less and lose weight.

Unmanageable Emotions

Depression can cause a person to be crying and then in a minute yelling. Emotions are often up and down and uncontrollable. Mood swings are very common just as they are with mood disorders. This can make diagnosing a person with depression can be difficult and often is diagnosed as bipolar disorder.

Thoughts of Suicide

Depression has been linked to suicide. This, of course, is the worst symptom as many people do not recognize the symptoms of depression and it can end fatally. More than 41,000 individuals killed themselves in 2013 in the United States as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of the individuals that commit suicide talked about it or and tried previously.

Conclusion

Knowing the signs and risk factors of depression are very important so you can seek help for yourself or a loved one.

 

Awareness over mental health has soared over the last few decades. As our society begins to comprehend the illnesses that plague so many, we become more aware of the ramifications of our actions. Actions such as bullying in school can lead to long-lasting emotional damage for the victims who experience it. In the short term, a child may exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, lower grades than their peers, suicidal thoughts and feelings, and even illness occurring more often. If your child has exhibited some or all of these symptoms, you should consider seeking a Rogers therapist to help work through the trauma before it becomes deeper rooted and becomes detrimental in the long-term. When left unchecked, bullying can lead to self-esteem problems, increased desire to be alone, interpersonal difficulties such as fear and avoiding new social situations, difficulty trusting people, lingering feelings of bitterness and anger, and even reduced occupational opportunities.

There is an increasing body of research supporting the link between bullying and long-term emotional damage. A victim does not even need to be physically harmed in order to suffer the lasting harm. In fact, the primary wound that victims of bullying endure is the damage to their own identities. Bullying attempts to create fear and self-loathing. One who is a target of bullying has their ability to view themselves as a capable, desirable, and effective individual is damaged. Being bullied repetitively forces the person to contemplate their lack of control over the bullying process. After repeated scenarios of the bullying, they will come to believe they can’t do anything to change this situation, which then sets them up for hopelessness and depression.

The anxiety and depression that can result from the experience of being bullied is truly crippling. Panic attacks, moments of intense fear that seem to have no real trigger, can develop and cause a person to become even more secluded and upset with their own state of mind. This can then lead to the development of agoraphobia, the fear of leaving the house. Being too scared to leave the house, coupled with the fear of having another panic attack, can lead to an increase in depression. You can imagine how frustrating it must be, feeling like you can’t leave the house and not understanding why. This is backed by the self-esteem issues that a bullied victim faces. The fear and frustration associated with agoraphobia and panic attacks only compounds onto the already damaged self-concept. This is where it can become a cycle of anxiety and depression that is very difficult to break out of. If you are suffering from these symptoms yourself, it would be very beneficial to contact a Rogers counselor. There is hope for you, you just have to take the first step.