Depression is not only painful for the individual affected; it can also bring much pain to the individual's family. This is because the individual will normally shut himself off from any kind of communication with others, preferring to leave himself/herself isolated. This will leave family and friends bewildered by the individuals actions and leave them wondering what they can do.
Fortunately, there are some signs that an individual is struggling with depression that you can look out for. These warning signs can help you identify if a friend or loved one may have a problem and if you suspect there may be a problem, you can get them some help early on.
Some of these depression symptoms will be quite clear and others will be harder to spot. Some people who have depression will act as extroverts and freely mix with people making it hard to spot a problem with them. They're outgoing around people, but inside they feel disinterested in life. However, everybody who is suffering with depression will display various signs of depression; it's just about knowing what to look out for.
Depressed people who try to hide their depression by smiling and acting happy can be hard to spot. But it is possible to look behind their phony smiles. Normally when a person smiles, their smiles will reach their eyes too; you know they are happy! However, when a person's smile isn't genuine, the smile won't reach their eyes. You know they aren't happy or really enjoying themselves. This can be a sign of depression, if you notice the person is acting this way regularly.
Some other warning signs you should watch out for will include a person who feels worthless, not being able to concentrate, regularly taking about death, not able to hold a job down. You shouldn't have too much difficulty recognizing if an individual is suffering from depression after chatting with them for a little while.
Depression can be a serious illness that as led to death on too many occasions. If your concerned about a friend or a loved one. Spend some time with them and talk to them about how they feel. Taking the time to listen too them and helping them could save so much potential heartache.