Battling Depression with Young Adults

According to the WHO report, India ranks as the 6th depressed country. Depression can drain your energy and leave you feeling empty and fatigued. It is okay to feel low and alone at times, but when it becomes a nagging problem, then it is a sign that you need some extra support. Do not fight Depression alone. Take small steps that make you feel controlled and improve your overall sense of well-being.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a condition that alters your everyday routine with behavioural changes and suicidal thoughts that, in turn, impact your entire life. It's a common misconception that depression affects only adults. however, many studies reveal that this condition can develop at the childhood stage, or the teen years, and take a steep slope during the mid-20. Most young adults often feel low or blue, occasionally, and this is a common and normal reaction one experiences during stress or hormonal changes. However, if this period of 'blue' lingers for an extended period, then it develops into an illness. This illness is known as 'depression'. Depression is the most common emotional problem in the world. Many young adults struggle with this condition, and the good news is that many have recovered and have gone on to live happy and successful lives.

Causes Of Depression

There is no one single factor that will lead to the onset of depression. Many things are linked to its development. Depression can arise due to personal factors, Life events, genetics, or even due to lack of certain brain chemical.

Parental Depression

Most young adults develop adolescent depression as parental depression is a risk factor leading to this condition. Many prospective studies reveal that children with depressed parents are likely to develop depression anytime between the ages of 20 to 25 years old. Maternal depression is usually associated with depression in young adults and has a high rate to impact girls more significantly than boys. However, there remains an unclear disposition about the mediation and the risk factors.

Deficit Of Social Skills

Social skills deficit are often associated with a wide spectrum of psychological problems and concurrent depression, especially in young adults. Prospective studies have stated that peer acceptance or self-efficacy, and negative perceptions about social competence anticipate the symptoms of depression among young adults.

Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is often flagged as a predictor of depression among young adults. Those people who perceive themselves as physically or socially incompetent are more vulnerable to depression over the rest. Such notions develop at early adolescence and moderating influences which impact the belief systems emerge only during the adulthood stage.

Life Events

Life events such as loss are specifically associated with depression. The grief or sadness one develops from the loss or death of a loved one, may accelerate a high risk of depression. This emotional state impacts subsequent life stress, which leads to increased levels of depression. However, few other life events that may develop as a risk factor or trigger depression include chronic poverty, deprivation, parental separation, physical and child abuse, and community or family violence.

Educational Institution

College is an arena for social and emotional development. However, it can also be the origin of negative life events. Poor academic achievement, victimization, and chronic bullying scream anxiety and problem behaviours, leading to depression.

Recognizable Signs of Depression

Young adults face many obstacles and challenges as they find their way through life, and it is not very easy to identify and recognize the signs of depressions. Lack of balance leads to certain negative behaviours such as bad moods and lashing out. Depression leads to long term impacts in mood, behaviour, or personality. Certain signs of depression are identifiable. While considering the signs, it is also essential to address and acknowledge the symptoms, the severity, and the degree of behavioural changes. Some signs of depression include:
  • Lethargy and fatigue.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and deep sadness.
  • Anxiety and panic attack.
  • Difficulty in concentrating, recalling, or organizing things.
  • Avoidance and withdrawal from friends and family.
  • Loss of interest or engagement in activities.
  • Drastic changes in weight and appetite.
  • Irritability and Moodiness.
  • Changes in eating and sleeping pattern.
  • Self-mutilation and suicidal thoughts.
  • Self-blaming or self-critical and feeling guilty or bad.
  • Constant worry and turmoil. The person may lash out or brood in anger.
  • Restlessness. This sign often leads to behavioural changes such as fidgeting or acting up in class.
  • Feeling miserable, lonely, or unhappy most of the time.
  • Sluggishness. The most common sign as the person often talks, reacts, and walks more slowly than others.

Things To Do When a Person Is Depressed

Support is the most prominent advocate of depression. A person suffering from depression fights his/her condition quicker with help from his friends and family. Avoid the use of comments such as 'get your act together', or 'snap out of your problem'. These comments would instigate and deepen their feelings of low-self-esteem and self-blame. Please encourage them to actively participate part in exercises and physical activities such as a walk in the stroll in the park. These activities help them alleviate their symptoms of depression. Listening is the best approach to support people coping with depression. Take an understanding approach and avoid criticizing or judging the afflicted. Learn about depression and its implications. The more you know and understand about the condition, the more well-equipped you will be while dealing with the person. Encourage the person to talk about their feelings. Please provide them with the assurance of your support. Your mental health also matters. Do not try to deal with matters on your own, instead, get support and help as this will ease the problem for you and the afflicted. Research the available sources of support, offer to go with them to a doctor's appointment or to speak to someone else.


It is a combination of factors that trigger and contribute to the development of depression. It is always important to know that you can identify depression and recognize the signs and symptoms and finally seek the needful support.


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