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Recognizing depression in others

Everyone experiences depression differently. It can be hard to spot the warning signs in someone else — even someone you’re close with. After all, many people don’t even recognize symptoms in themselves. But everyone should know what to look for — and speak up if they think something’s wrong.

Depression warning signs

  • Expressing a negative or hopeless outlook
  • Losing interest in things they used to enjoy
  • Changes in sleep or eating habits (sleeping or eating too much or too little)
  • Sharing feelings of shame, guilt, or worthlessness
  • Talking about death or suicide

Don’t ignore the signs — even if you’re not sure

Sometimes there really are no signs that someone is depressed. But if you think someone you care about might be struggling, talk to them about it now. Even if it’s just a gut feeling, or a small sign that something isn’t right, it’s a conversation that’s worth having.

By having the courage to speak up, we can help people find support and get better. And, in the most extreme cases, help people at risk for suicide stay alive.

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