Identifying Signs of Depression in Young AdultsApril 9, 2019
Depression can appear in many different ways. When identifying signs of depression in young adults, it’s important to recognize how different depression looks from person to person. Young adults who struggle with depression may seek loved ones out to for support or they may bury their depression and try to manage it themselves. This technique is not healthy by any means. Before you can help a loved one with depression, you should educate yourself on what depression looks like and how it can impact young adults.
Signs of Depression in Young Adults
You should check in with your loved ones and pick up on warning signs of depression. If you recognize any of the following signs in your loved one, you should confront the situation immediately and help them seek the appropriate help. Here are some indicators that your young adult may be struggling:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
- Loss of interest in daily activities. Your young adult has lost interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain.
- Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
- Anger or irritability. Young adult seems more frequently agitated, restless, or even violent. Their tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
- Loss of energy. The young adult seems fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Small tasks may be more exhausting or take longer to complete.
- Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Individual becomes critical of themselves for perceived faults and mistakes.
- Reckless behavior. Engaging in risky behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
- Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25 to transition to independence and improved self-awareness. The program uses adventure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a strength-based approach. It is a small and nurturing community that focuses on goals of improved self-regulation and overall functioning for the young adults. Trails Momentum gives students the skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 877-296-8711.