How to tell if things aren’t quite right

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Sometimes it’s a gut feeling when one of our friends is not coping very well. But there are ways to look at their behaviour and the way they talk to identify whether they need a bit of help.

Although everyone experiences these symptoms from time to time, if you think yourself or your friend struggles with them on a daily basis for more than two weeks, there is something that needs to be done. At the same time, not everyone with depression will have all these symptoms. Sometimes the happiest person can be struggling internally.

You may notice you or your friend is

  • not going out as much
  • not getting things done at uni or work
  • acting very introverted and not reaching out to friends or family
  • drinking excessively or taking drugs
  • not enjoying activities that they used to
  • difficulties concentrating

You may notice you feel like this, or your friend talks of these feelings:

  • overwhelmed
  • guilty
  • irritable
  • frustrated
  • lacking confidence
  • unhappy
  • indecisive
  • sad or down
  • flat or lack of energy

If you notice these thoughts

  • I’m a failure
  • Nothing good ever happens
  • I suck at everything
  • Nobody likes me
  • The world would be better off without me
  • It’s my fault

You may notice yourself or your friend is physically affected

  • tired constantly
  • sick and run down
  • headaches and sore muscles
  • sore tummy
  • troubles with breathing
  • sleep problems
  • change of appetite
  • weight loss or gain

Source BeyondBlue

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