Depression Warning Signs

There's a difference between depression symptoms, and depression warning signs.

Warning signs of depression are more serious and need not be taken lightly. Warning signs include any behaviors or thoughts that include or can lead to risky behaviors or self-harm.

I consider there to be multiple stages of depression. In one stage an individual may be experiencing normal symptoms of depression, such as frequent low mood, fatigue, loss of interest in activities, appetite changes, changes in sleeping habits, etc.

When depression warning signs arise, these can include participation or thoughts of participation in risky behaviors, such as; excessive alcohol or drug consumption; participation in unsafe sexual habits; activities or behavior that could be ruining relationships with those we love; frequent absenteeism from work, school, or other commitments; over or under eating, etc.

Depression warning signs can be identified by any serious symptom that negatively impacts our lives, health, body, or well-being. For example, looking to drugs or alcohol for comfort or an escape is bad for our health and can be life risking. Under or over eating damages our bodies. Unnecessarily ruining relationships with those we love because of needing an outlet or excuse for our anger is bad for our well-being. Frequent absenteeism from work, school, or other commitments can have a negative impact on our situations and lives. These are only some examples and each of them can actually increase the time and intensity of our depression. This kind of behavior can lead to a vicious cycle, bringing on additional reasons to feel depressed, and making it even more difficult to come out of our depression.

Another one of the major warning signs of depression is thoughts or talk of suicide.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of, or speaking about committing suicide, it is important that you seek emergency help right away! This is not something to be taken lightly and you or this person need immediate help. You can call the National Suicide Help Line at 1-800-273-8255.

Depression can be a very serious illness and can lead to these and more depression warning signs if left untreated. It is important to seek professional help when experiencing symptoms and warning signs of depression.