Unless someone is totally familiar with the symptoms of depression, it can be extremely difficult to diagnose, let alone help.
Many people don't even know that they are suffering from depression, and in the USA over 15 million people are affected to some extent or another, and the startling fact that over two thirds of them will never seek help, most probably because they do not even realise, that they require some form of medical help for the way that they are feeling, it is an astonishing fact.
Why is depression so hard to spot?
Unlike depression itself, the answer is easy, and is often confused with every day issues that people face, it could be remorse over a negative event such as bereavement, etc, so this makes it hard to tell the difference between a normal mood and depression.
It's not unusual to feel negative feelings on occasions, such as when for example, we may become a little shaken when we reach the age of 40, there are many of us who see this as some milestone of reflection, which causes us to ponder and evaluate our lives.
It may be depressing to see that passed investment opportunity when you were in your twenties, now worth a fortune, such feelings are normal and even healthy, they are not depression. Depression is not a feeling that will come and go for brief encounters of sadness as mentioned above, but if they are not treated, depression will last forever and will get worse and worse, and it may require years to get a decent handle on this illness.
Typical symptoms of depression include insomnia, binge eating, or even starvation, that is not to say a sleepless night, or a day of over eating are symptoms, rather it would be an ongoing pattern that is the indicator. Many people suffering from depression become loners, and their feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, plus constant remorse and regret, are very common.
They feel upset and the lonelier they become, many sufferers want someone to help, but just can't find the courage to ask, and it then becomes even more difficult to deal with other people. The center of attention personality becomes a wall flower; these are symptoms of the early stages of depression.
Depression in later stages creates a seemingly incompatibility between the victim and other people, and they find themselves silent when it's time to speak up at work, or in social situations.
Dealing with others, even dealing with themselves becomes nearly impossible, and they see no hope or purpose for living, and begin to consider ending it all. To avoid this unhappy result, early detection is essential, and help is out there for people who suffer with depression, and with early detection, it is possible to end the suffering, and get back to healthy living with the right treatments an/or medication. See a doctor now, if you or a loved one exhibit symptoms of depression, it really is a matter of life or death.