Be watchful for signs of depression

Posted 10/1/17

Depression, the foremost cause responsible for suicidal acts, is a mental health illness that may last for two weeks, two months or longer.

But whatever the length of time that someone may be …

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Be watchful for signs of depression

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Depression, the foremost cause responsible for suicidal acts, is a mental health illness that may last for two weeks, two months or longer.

But whatever the length of time that someone may be suffering from depression, their mental state must not be overlooked and should be addressed by mental health professionals knowledgeable about such issues, according to Tonya Moran, director of Hiwassee Mental Health, an agency of Volunteer Behavioral Health.

September, recognized annually in the U.S. as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, is the one month out of the year that’s focused on information, including statistics and causes, related to deaths from suicide.

Tennessee in 2015 (the latest reporting period available) posted one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, at 16 deaths per 100,000 people.

Because depression is so closely associated with suicide, recognizing the signs and symptoms that indicate depression can be essential in saving a friend, co-worker or family member from taking or attempting to take their own life.

Symptoms of depression may include:

• A depressed mood most of the day (feeling sad, empty, hopeless, or on the verge of tears);

• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed;

• Weight loss (even when not on a diet) or experiencing weight gain. Also note decreases or increases in appetite;

• Difficulty sleeping, or being overly tired;

• Restlessness or feeling slowed down;

• Fatigue or a loss of energy.

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