Dear parent, teacher, or student;

First things first. Before you read this article, we at Vidyartha would like to tell you that there is no need to be afraid or hesitate. Depression is not something to be shunned and pushed aside. The world is growing to understand that it is a problem that can be solved and it doesn’t reflect on your sanity or your capabilities as a person in any way. It isn’t uncommon to find adolescents facing a few problems as they transition into the next phase. Don’t let societal stigmas hold you back from getting things right.

Now that we have that clear, let’s see whether your gut feeling was right. Find out if you, your child, student or friend is depressed with these 12 signs:

#1 – Feelings of vacancy
Feelings of sadness, teary outbursts, thoughts of emptiness and hopelessness can signify depression. If you hear your child or student saying “I can’t do this, I want to give up” way too often, it’s a sign that he or she is depressed.

#2 – Making mountains out of molehills
People are usually contemptuous of that. But if you see a student expressing frustration and rage over the tiniest of things, don’t just scold them or laugh it off. It can mean that the anger is just a mask over the sadness that lies within.

#3 – Loss of interest in everything
Do they no longer enjoy the things that they used to before? Don’t shrug it off as “just a moody phase”. If they’re like this for too long, it may mean that depression has kicked in.

#4 – Trouble with sleep
Whether it’s insomnia or sleeping for too long, continuous trouble with sleeping patterns indicates depression.

#5 – Lack of energy
A very sad mistake most parents and teachers make is assuming that a kid is lazy when he or she shows constant slack at doing even the most simple tasks. But if this is a daily thing, the problem isn’t laziness. It’s depression.

#6 – Change in appetite
If you notice too many cravings or absolute lack of interest in food, depression has set in. Sometimes, you will be shocked to find him/her gobbling up foods he/she never used to like. Or maybe they’ll push away a dish they always loved. Weight gain or weight loss is a natural consequence.

#7 – Unnatural and persistent restlessness
Never get used to seeing them anxious, agitated or restless almost all the time. No, that’s not them “becoming more responsible”or “taking their marks seriously”. Constant fears and panic attacks symbolise depression.

#8 – Being way too slow
If their thinking, speech and movement have become a lot slower and duller than before, it may mean depression.

#9 – Poor self-esteem
Being plagued by guilt and worthlessness for no reason or for trivial matters show that they have a deeper problem than just “taking account for their actions”.

#10 – Cognitive problems
If you now find them not scoring as well as they used to before and if they have this new-found problem of forgetting things or being unable to think, they’re depressed.

#11 – Frequent negative and harmful thoughts
They might not have attempted self-harm or suicide. But the very act of thinking about such things constantly signify depression.

#12 – Unexplained aches and pains
Everything is alright, but they get sudden pangs of pain in their back, neck, head, shoulder or limbs. You get it checked, but there is no apparent reason. Well, the amount of pressure and sadness they’re facing can result in this.

Hope this helped. If you would like to know how this can be solved, stay tuned for our next article. Feel free to leave comments below regarding any questions you may have.

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