Adulthood is hard to navigate, because the stressors of everyday life are difficult to keep in balance; responsibilities pull you in every direction at all times. There's kids to take care of, spouses to attend to, friends to stay in touch with, budgets to balance, carpools to arrange, careers to push forward - the list goes on. Becoming an adult and moving through different life stages comes with experiencing the unknown - these major life changes and stresses can lead to depression.
Depression in adults (like with teens), can develop from causes ranging from genetics to brain chemistry to changes in seasons and everything in between. No matter the reason, depression does NOT make you weak and is NOT something you can just get over.
If you or someone you love shows signs of losing interest in things they once cared about, is lethargic for extended periods, and is especially restless or anxious, it may be a few warning signs of depression. If you notice these behaviors, you can help yourself and your loved ones by expressing concern, being a source of support, and helping them to reach out for help.
Here are a few symptoms that someone with depression can exhibit:
Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
Decreases in energy
Problems sleeping - both insomnia and excessive sleeping can be signs of depression
Persistent or frequent fatigue or lack of energy
Changes in appetite and weight
Aches and pains
Suicidal thoughts or actions, or thoughts of death
Remember - these signs are specific to depression in adults. Signs of depression in teens and adolescents look a little different. Depression looks different in different people and at different stages of life - not everyone experiences the same symptoms, or even the same amount of symptoms.
Some forms of depression in adults can be triggered by unique life events or under specific circumstances, including: