According to statistics, 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from depression, that’s 25% of the population, nearly 17 million.
Due to this staggeringly high number, depression is likely to affect all of us at some point, either directly or indirectly, and the worrying thing is that most of the time, we don’t even know someone is suffering.
Here at Expert TMS, we want to tell you a little bit about spotting the signs of depression, and the ways you can not only help yourself, but others too.
The obvious signs
We won’t bore you with these as they’re pretty much expected, but there are several ‘normal’ tell-tale signs when someone is depressed.
Feeling down, crying more than usual, staying inside for long periods of times, not socialising and struggling to sleep are all common traits of depression.
Change in appetite
It can differ for certain people, but depression is almost certain to change your appetite. This may either be a loss of appetite, not eating or even starving yourself. It can also trigger an increased appetite, where you want to eat anything and everything, or more unhealthy comfort foods.
Monitor what you’re eating, or try and look out for friends and family at meal times to see if there are any significant or unusual changes.
Low sex drive
It’s not always well known this one, but having a low sex drive can be down to depression.
Many just think it may be a rift in a relationship, or even not feeling attracted to their partner, but that’s not always the case.
Depression makes you less likely to want to engage in sexual activity, which can also have a knock on effect on your mental health as you’re likely to feel even more down if you upset your other half.
Try and talk if this ever happens, and definitely don’t get in a mood if sex doesn’t happen for any reason.
Lack of energy
You may be fit as a fiddle, you may be getting your required amount of sleep but you’re still left feeling low on energy and tired all the time.
The usual activities may be getting you out of breath, nodding off at your desk, or even just having no desire to exercise or do anything outside of the norm.
Depression can be fatiguing, and to combat this you can eat nutrient-rich and healthy foods, try and power nap when possible or up your intake of caffeine. Be warned though, caffeine will dehydrate you and possibly trigger further anxiety, so this is one to take with warning.
Ways to help
There are plenty of ways of looking after your mental health and treating depression, you just need to find what works for you or your loved ones.
Sometimes treatment isn’t even needed, by constantly checking out on your friends, looking after yourself and trying to keep a positive outlook on life can all help.
You need to remember that tomorrow is a completely new day and things can and will get better.
Eat healthy, exercise plenty and do what you enjoy. Don’t try to always please others, as your mental health is as important if not more so than other peoples.
Don’t suffer in silence, reach out and get help.