Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States, as per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It is a serious mental condition that needs immediate attention because neglecting or delaying treatment would only exacerbate the condition.

Love and care from the near and dear ones are crucial to a long-term recovery, apart from conventional treatment procedures. So, it becomes imperative to be aware of symptoms and behaviors which are indicative of depression in a person.

Although, at times, signs of depression could be hard to read, there are a few most common ones which can easily be identified and are telltale signs of the disease. Here, we look at some of the most common and obvious symptoms of depression:

Calling in sick frequently to workplace

The most common excuse of a depressed person is to call in sick frequently and avoid attaching work. It could have due to his or her relationship to interact with others and run away from situations. At times, a person could actually be unwell because of bodily aches and sleeplessness caused by depression. But whatever the reasons, the attendance in the office of a depressed person is significantly lower than his / her colleagues. They may also lack consistency in job performance and appear to be lost and incoherent.

Cutting ties with family and friends

This is an ominous sign when an otherwise friendly and lively person suddenly cuts all ties with family members and close friends. A depressed person stops socializing and enjoys being a recluse. There is complete abhorrence for activities once he or she enjoyed. This isolation may further worsen the symptoms and aggravate other hidden mental conditions in a person. So, family members should shoulder the responsibility and seek immediate help from clinicians and psychiatrists.

Frequenting doctor for vague and imaginary problems

A depressed person may be regularly plagued by imaginary fears and tend to experience unexplained body aches and pains. They may become hypochondriac and frequently visit the doctor for no apparent reasons. It explains how troubled they are from deep within. Staying away from treatment for long would not help the cause but deteriorate the condition. Antidepressants help in alleviating both the mental and physical pains in a patient.

Problem sleeping

Almost 80 percent of the depressed people have problem in sleeping. They may be crying in beds for a longer period than others, but they hardly manage a sound sleep. For most of it, they would only toss and turn on their beds, but devoid of any sleep. Inadequate and problem sleeping is the earliest sign of depression. A person losing sleep at home needs immediate attention and treatment should be taken right away.

Eating less than usual

Depression is invariably linked to poor eating and loss of appetite. A depressed person will not eat properly and tend to lose interests in food he / she enjoyed earlier. A possible fallout of this could be weight loss and the person would appear frail and thin. Not eating properly is an indication that the depressed person is losing interests in the necessities and pleasures of life, including food and sleep.