How to identify symptoms of depression during the third lockdown

During the third lockdown in England, you may be feeling similar worries as to the ones you experienced in the initial lockdown, and your mental wellbeing could take a toll.

In 2020 alone, suicide rates rose drastically as a result of the coronavirus. Therefore, it is essential to look out for signs that either you or a loved one suffers from depression.

This mental health disease has many possible symptoms. But, on the NHS website, it states the following signs could mean someone is depressed:

  • Their movements and speech are more restless and fidgety than usual
  • They are either losing their appetite or overeating
  • They are sleeping less or more than usual, or unable to sleep
  • They feel tired more often and do not display a lot of energy
  • They find it hard to concentrate on mundane activities, like reading or watching TV
  • They have lost interest in things they usually enjoy
  • They seem to feel down or hopeless

Age UK states that signs of depression in the elderly are as below:

  • Their appearance seems to be neglected
  • Their hygiene becomes poor
  • They neglect their diet – their cupboards and fridges are empty
  • They reveal little joy when people visit them

If you believe someone is suffering from depression, the best approach is to accept them, care for them and listen to them, all without judgement.

You can assist by nicely encouraging your loved one to perform either mundane tasks, such as eating, doing some exercise, even a short walk or by both doing something they enjoy.

Try to stay in contact with this person and look at what tailored services or support is available in the area that you live. And lastly, try to remain patient.

If you worry the depression will worsen and develop into suicidal feelings, either contact a GP or NHS 111 immediately.

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