Suicidal thoughts: What are the warning signs that you should watch out for?
- Mental health needs attention and is as important as your physical health and it is essential to break this silence in order to support people who might be battling.
Every year, or probably every time when someone dies of depression, social media alerts itself to the users on the need to care for mental health. Users fill and flock the social media ‘requesting’ people to talk about anything that upsets them. What happens after a month? The buzz dies down. People are lost in their chores and when finally someone wants to talk or open up, no one is available for them.
Parents are often seen to silence their children when they say they feel upset or are feeling different, the constant reaction of Indian parents is to go back and study and not to do any drama. On a daily day, this passes off as a joke. Parents are seen to share this with others and laugh at how children give ‘lame’ reasons. When is this actually going to be taken seriously?
It always takes a suicide to talk about depression. When the young Bollywood actor passed away, yesterday, it left the entire film fraternity and others in shock. A couple of them recollected the person he was. The actor hung himself on the ceiling fan and took his life. Reports say he was battling depression. A mental disorder that affects around 264 million people worldwide, is still a matter of shame to be discussed publically. That being said, it is important that you watch out for it. We insist that you talk to an expert if you observe any of these in you. Do not shy away from taking care.
Watch out for these symptoms.
- Having a negative approach to life is the first sign. One feels worthless and loses the determination to live. They lose interest in even pursuing their favorite hobby or playing sports.
- You might notice a change in appetite. The person either eats too much or eats too little. A drastic fluctuation in weight is also a by-product of this.
- Depression is also accompanied by a lack of sleep, or irregular sleeping patterns, with general fatigue for reason in particular.
- Emotions tend to fluctuate and this might be a serious sign.
It is important to observe these in your friends, family, and near ones. Not leaving them alone at any cost forms the first step to helping them cope with depression. Listen to them without judging, and slowly take them to professional health.
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