Depression sucks. And although the condition has received more attention and understanding in recent years, many misconceptions about it still exist. For instance, not everyone who is depressed presents their symptoms in the same way. In fact, the things you didn't realize are signs of depression in adults and children may be surprising.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a real illness that impacts a person's ability to function in everyday life. What's more, the symptoms of it may appear in somewhat unexpected ways. Some people may withdraw and find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, whereas others could have a short temper or sudden appetite changes.
Additionally, depression may affect more people than you initially realize. As noted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 2 to 3 percent of children, as well as 6 to 8 percent of teenagers, may suffer from serious depression. Unfortunately, the numbers for adults are not much more promising. As the ADAA further explained, approximately 6.7 percent of the U.S. adult population may cope with instances of major depression in a given year. Fortunately, there is help available for persons of all ages who deal with depression. If you or a loved one shows these symptoms, then it may be a good time to visit a professional for help coping with depression.