Everyone goes through periods of time where they’re feeling down and not like themselves. It usually passes within a few hours or days and you’re back to your old self. However, when these feelings don’t go away on their own and you’re struggling with other symptoms as well, it could be a sign of depression. Recognizing the signs of depression can help families and friends get their loved ones the help they need to feel better. October 6 is National Depression Screening Day and a time to raise awareness.
Would you recognize the signs if someone you knew was struggling with depression? Here are some things to keep an eye out for:
- Prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Individuals may experience different symptoms with varying levels of severity. These can be warning signs that they may be battling with depression. Getting them into mental health treatment such as therapy or counseling can be lifesaving.
Individuals experiencing depression may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of trying to cope with symptoms or forget their problems. This can quickly spiral into a substance use disorder or addiction, making treatment even more essential. Dual diagnosis treatment at JC’s Recovery Center can effectively treat both conditions simultaneously and support long-term recovery.
If you notice warning signs of depression, speak up. There is no shame in seeking treatment or encouraging treatment for a loved one. Express your concerns and be proactive in getting family or friends the help they need. You have the ability to help someone turn their lives around for the better and make the most of their future. Depression is a serious problem, but treatment is available and recovery is possible. JC’s Recovery Center is here to provide comprehensive care for recovery from substance use and mental health disorders.If you or someone you love is battling depression, speak up and make treatment at JC’s Recovery Center a priority.