Thursday, July 18, 2013

Depression: Recognize the Signs

Firstly, why is The Belle blogging on depression?This is a beauty/skincare blog, right? 
Well, The Belle believes beauty comes from inside out. No amount of skincare or makeup will make you look pretty, especially to yourself, if your mind thinks otherwise.
I am not going to pretend that I am an expert and start to give advice. What I have here is what I have gleaned from my research.  The list is not exhaustive. But I do hope that what I write here can help someone who needs that little push, to encourage sufferers to seek treatment.

But Belle, there are different types of depression! Why are you not listing them out?
As I said earlier, and I repeat, I am no expert, nor do I pretend to be. This is meant as an elementary diagnosis so that sufferers reading this can seek professional help if need be.

Here Goes...

1)Outlook on life becomes hopeless and a general feeling of helplessness, of things spiraling out of control. Sufferers may begin to hate themselves, feel unreasonable guilt and worthlessness

2)Losing interest in things that he/she previously enjoyed. Some may suffer a decreased sex drive, or in severe case, impotence.

3)Inexplicable sadness, bouts of crying,anger all sometimes with no apparent reason.

4)Fatigue and disrupted sleep cycles. Some sufferers go through alternate periods of extreme lethargy and excessive bouts of high energy.

5)Inexplicable anxiety and irritability

6)Excessive fluctuation of weight and appetite.

7)Suicidal thoughts

8)Inability to make decisions-even minor ones.

*Any experts, feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Comments welcome!

If you or anyone you know and care about is suffering, please do not let them suffer in silence. Depression is nothing shameful. (For those who look negatively at, or worse still, look down on people with depression, shame on you.) There is a reason it is called 'clinical depression'. Just like you would go to a ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) specialist for the related ailments, why would you avoid seeing a doctor when you need help as such? Think about it...
Next up,  I will talk about how to self help, as well as help someone suffering from depression. See you back soon, my pretties!

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