Sometimes, I am reminded, all clues can lead to a seemingly obvious conclusion, and that conclusion can be quite wrong.
Signs of depression can include:
If you observed these symptoms in someone about whom you care, you might be alarmed, and your alarm could be warranted.
But hold off on making assumptions…there’s more to consider here.
Each of these stressors can cause a temporary shift in mood or activity that will self-correct in a relatively short time.
If, however, two or more weeks pass and the moods, behaviors, and symptoms persist or worsen, further medical examination may be in order.
And of course, if suicidal ideation, a focus on death, or sense of uselessness or hopelessness combines with the typical symptoms of depression, seek medical attention immediately.