May is the Mental Awareness Month.
A study by WHO ranked Kenyans as the 6th most depressed people in Africa.
The study suggested that men were more affected by this condition than women.
In regards to mental health, we have highlighted 6 ways you might know that you are falling into depression:
1. Lack of Appetite and weight changes
When someone is falling into depression, lack of appetite and slowly losing weight is a trigger that may result from mental health.
Loss of appetite and weight changes could be from very many factors but when it comes to mental health, you may find that it’s simply because you are stressed or just don’t want to eat at all.
2. Feeling of guilt and self hate
“I hate myself” is a sadly common voice that people struggle with.
This inner voice is especially very active when one has had self doubt and hopelessness over a situation and it tends to lead to all the negative voices that weigh down your positive progress.
People who are falling into depression tend to feel hopeless and have self doubt.
This distorts their minds to be one that they do not believe in themselves and rather one that they are always doubting what they do.
4. Lack or concentration
Excessive tiredness that results from signs of depression can cause a lack of concentration that continues for an extended period of time.
Stress and anxiety can also be part of the equation. Stress and anxiety could result to anything that is happening or what they feel could happen in future.
5. Fatigue and body pains
Feeling of body fatigue and body pains is one of the ways that one knows that they are falling into some sort of mental problem.
This may happen even after sleeping for 24 hours and even after so much rest, you still wake up tired.
Stress could also trigger fatigue and pains, this is because when one is stressed for a long duration of time, their bodies get worn out from all the weight of the stress.
6. Withdrawing from close family and friends
What happens to a depressed person is that they start to withdraw from everything and everyone.
This may include intimate partner, children, parents, siblings or other household members.
When this happens it does not mean that they are doing well or avoiding you, it means they just need help and they need it from you