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Depression - 10 signs of depression

This blog post is basically in the light of recent event where we bid adieu to one of the finest actor in bollywood industry . Mr Sushant Singh Rajput. He was the All India Rank Holder in engineering and proved his mettle in the industry. Albeit the reason of his death is yet to be determined, it has surely raised eyebrows on mental health issues.

This post represents 10 mental health symptoms you shouldn't ignore.Before we begin, I need to warn you that this may be triggering for some.If you feel triggered by this read,please take care of yourself even if it means clicking off this post

What is Depression? 
Depression is usually mistaken for laziness but as per clinical studies Depression is the persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterises major depression can lead to a range of behavioural and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behaviour or self-esteem.

Do you remember the last time you felt sad, anxious or scared that you were somehow off?
You're not alone, even if it may feel like it.The National Alliance on Mental Illness, reports sometimes a funk or rough patch can be a sign of something much deeper.
With that being said, let's take a look at the 10 mental health symptoms you should not ignore.

1. You are having feelings of sadness or depression that last longer than 2 weeks.

All people experience sadness at one time or another, however, most normal feelings of sadness get better with time. The American Psychiatric Association reported abnormally intense sadness lasting two weeks could be a sign of depression. The National Institute of Mental Health stated, that not being able to snap out of it or sadness being heavier than normal should be taken seriously.

2. You're having extreme mood swings and don't know why.

You find that your mood seems to switch super quickly or randomly? According to the National Center of Biotechnology information study showed people tend to experience positive emotions such as joy or love more often than negative ones. But it's totally normal for someone's emotions to change daily. However, the dramatic mood swings that caused huge changes in your behavior and energy,can be a sign of bipolar disorder. More red flag signs are: Experiencing sadness, anger, or feelings of excessive euphoria for most of the day, especially if it has nothing to do with what's going on in your life.

3. Your worry and anxiety have gotten out of control.

Anxiety and stress

Have you ever found yourself worrying,but can't shut it off? According to the National Institute for mental health,it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.Other signs of anxiety disorders include; having problems relaxing, Insomnia, racing thoughts,unexplained aches and pains, or being easily irritated.The Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests that if you've ever felt this way on most days for at least six months,you should consider talking to a mental health professional about your symptoms.

4. You've started withdrawing from others or isolating yourself.
Social Isolation

Taking time away from others can be positive for your mental health and physical health. But what if you constantly make excuses to avoid socializing? Mental health pros, say avoiding people or events you used to enjoy can be a sign of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or a psychotic disorder.

5. You may have noticed you're having delusions or hallucinations.

Hallucinations and delusions are a sense of perception or belief that creates a lot of urgency in the person experiencing it despite evidence the perception or belief isn't real. 3 out of every 100 people will have a psychotic episode as a symptom of a physical or a mental illness such as schizophrenia or schizo affective disorder in their lifetimes.

6. You're having more and more difficulty dealing with normal life situations.

Have you ever gone through a time in your life when nothing seemed to go right and you just couldn't deal? Health Institutions stated a rough patch that you just can't get past,one that hurts your ability to function for more than two weeks to two months,may be a sign of depression or anxiety.

7. You're sleeping too much or too little.

Is Insomnia a Symptom of depressionThe Harvard university school of medicine believes that 10 to 18 percent of the general population has problems sleeping.However it  stated either sleeping too much or too little is two or three times more common in people who suffer from a mental illness.
The Harvard medical school stated about 50% of people who live depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder suffer from insomnia or hypersomnia, which means sleeping too much.

8. You've started abusing drugs or alcohol.
Alcohol and drugs - Depression

According to survey one in four or 25% of people who live with the symptoms of a mental  illness use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate things like anger, anxiety, or mania. Experts believe individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, or  schizophrenia,are more likely to use drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism than people  diagnosed with other mental illnesses.

9. You're having extreme anger outbursts.
Angry Outburst

Do you ever feel anger that's almost impossible to control or way too much with the situation?

If so, your anger may be warning you about your stress levels, unresolved grief, or your anxiety. Health line reported extreme anger outbursts can also be a sign of unresolved trauma, bipolar disorder, alcohol abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, or depression.

If you wonder if your anger is healthy, experts recommend first recognizing your physical and emotional signs of anger.

10. You've started thinking of self-harm or suicide.
Suicidal thoughts

The Mental Health Foundation reported up to 10 percent of people under the age of 30 have thought about self-harm or suicide.There are many reasons people consider self-harm or suicide such as abuse or neglect at home, a major loss, trauma, or catastrophe that you can't control or avoid.

If you can relate to any of these symptoms on this list, you're definitely not alone, nor are you bad for feeling this way, but we want you to take care of yourself, which means reaching out to a mental health professional.