So I wanted to talk about this during mental health awareness week but I obviously missed that chance, but I think that I can tie the subject in pretty well to this upcoming week.
“But Isaac! What are you even talking about?!”
I’m glad you asked! I am talking about depression.
“But Isaac! How does this subject tie into this upcoming week?!”
Ok, calm down I’ll tell you.
Finals week is stressful. For some people, probably more than you think, it is a make it or break it time. For some people, these tests are a matter of pass or fail. This can put a ton of pressure on one person. This school is a pricey place and failing a class means you have to take it again, and that means paying again.
This kind of pressure can mess with a person’s emotions for the worse. Especially someone who is more prone and susceptible to depressive tendencies. There are lots of things that can cause or poke at someones depression.
There can be biological or genetic things. It can run in the family or someone can be on a certain medication that can worsen things. There can be psychological factors or even environmental things. And that is how this ties in. The things I mentioned above are definitely environmental factors.
Something else that can be an external trigger is the work load that tends to pile up on students. I am sure you all know that things can pile up fast. Especially if you are a procrastinator like me! For someone with depression or depressive tendencies, this can cause them to shut down.
Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States. Females are more likely to suffer from depression than males are. As of now, the average age of diagnosis is about thirty two years old, but youth are definitely known to suffer from it. And I think that as mental health is becoming something more and more people talk about, more people are going to be diagnosed and helped at a sooner age now.
That leads me on to my next point.
“But Isaac! How do I know if someone I am close to is suffering from this?!”
Good question. There are signs you can be aware of.
A lot of the information I am presenting can be found in the website for the Nation Institute of Mental Health.
So back to the signs. It can be a little tricky because there really are not universal signs. It affects everyone differently. But there are some common signs/symptoms. They include:
- Feelings of anxiety, sadness, or a hollow feeling that won’t leave.
- Eating a ton, or losing your appetite.
- Sleeping a ton, or not being able to sleep.
- Having a bad memory, and not being able to concentrate.
- Losing interest in the things you once enjoyed.
You can view the full list on their website. But as you can see there, there is a wide range of signs. Some that are even the opposite of each other.
Well friends! I am glad I could share this with you. This is something, for whatever reason, I have been wanting to talk about for a while.
Until next time friends!