SADNESS is part of the inherent human experience. So then where do we draw the line between being sad and having depression, or Major Depressive Disorder as scientifically known?
The World Health Organization predicted that Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) will
be one of the leading causes of disability by 2020. We are now here and depression is real.
Notwithstanding, the current Covid-19 circumstances are not making life any easier for many.
We share with you some telling signs that someone could be facing more than just sadness.
Symptoms and signs
Depressed mood most of the day, nearly everyday
Decreased pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, or inability to experience pleasure
An inability to concentrate
Excessive tiredness or previously effortless activities take too much energy
Poor sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
An increase or decrease in appetite associated with weight changes
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
Suicidal thoughts, or desire to commit suicide or a wish that one would be better off deceased