hello, there. today we are gonna talk about major depressive disorder, more commonly known as depression. depression is a common disorder with many types, though today we are talking about clinical depression. it is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, though it is not just sadness. there is no specific "look" for depression, but here is what it CAN look like. some symptoms are:
lack of hygiene and motivation
apathy/low empathy and/or sympathy
loss of interest in activities
changes in sleep or insomnia
anxious or upset behavior
there are multiple other symptoms, but these are ones that are more 'common'. depression can greatly effect someone. it can cause them to harm themselves or even kill themself or at least attempt to. now, here is what to do if a loved one opens up about the fact that they have depression or might have it:
do not pressure them to say more. if they want to say more about it, they will on their own. in fact, pressuring them makes it less likely for them to tell you.
if they do tell you more, try to make them feel safe, be careful with their feelings.
if you want to check on them, don't try to force it out of them.
even if depression is common, it is something that should be taken very seriously. if you are considering suicide, try to talk to someone, but wait until you are ready to and make sure that it is someone you can trust.
edit: sorry for not updating this week!!!!!!!! i forgot :(