Depression Causes Suffering
People suffer because of depression, often the suffering is silent because the early phase of depression could be easily denied (e.g. labelled as being “mental weak” during national service), rationalised (e.g. that other people also have it, or it is necessary for growth during adolescence) or minimised (e.g. the irritability and temper outbursts are “hiccups that will just go away”). Mental health is not the only area affected in depression, a person’s physical health (e.g. metabolic syndrome, obesity) and other important psychosocial domains of functioning are also frequently adversely affected too.
Family members and friends may notice the initial subtle changes as depression begins. The symptoms and signs of depression include changes in sleeping pattern, increased irritability, unexplained decline in school and work performance, deteriorating memory, increased suspiciousness, changes in weight, having persistent thoughts of guilt, negativity, perceptual disturbances and feelings of being persecuted. If left untreated, depression may deteriorate and eventually overwhelms a person’s life.