Depression is a silent killer. Many people are ashamed or afraid to ask for help, so they go on with their lives and live with it in secret. However, there are still small habits that these individuals will do when they enter a depressive episode.
Every year, depression affects more than 16 million Americans. Mental health is starting to get the recognition that it deserves, but there is still more work to be done. According to statistics, only 35.3% of Americans who are suffering from depression seek help. This is a major concern because it’s extremely tough to deal with depression on your own.
For some, they don’t seek help because they feel it’s not a serious issue. Others see it as a sense of weakness; they think that asking for help means they can’t deal with their own problems. This is why it’s essential for friends and family to be able to spot certain habits or signs of depression.
It doesn’t mean the individual will automatically open up, but it will definitely show them that they have people around them who are aware of the changes they’re going through and are there to help. Below are the top habits someone with depression will develop and go through.
If you are suffering from depression, you won’t want to leave your house/room. You want be alone with your thoughts and in most cases want to feel sorry for yourself without anyone bothering you.
This is a very serious habit. Some people will completely give up on life. They believe that they have sunk so low that there is no coming back from it. They may ignore calls, stop showing up to work, stop going to school, not paying bills, the list goes on.
Depression does not allow people to sleep; it will actually do the total opposite. People will pretend that they’re sleeping so no one will bother them, but they end up staying up all night and struggle to fall asleep because their mind is constantly racing with negative thoughts.