Recent months have brought unprecedented isolation to young adults in America and an onslaught of mental illness and health concerns. How can you tell if a young adult is working through normal changes associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines or truly struggling with mental health?
Take a closer look at the signs of mental illness in young adults and learn how you can assist your loved ones in getting the help they need.
5 Signs of Depression and Mental Illness in Young Adults
During this pandemic and time of staying physically away from family and friends, it can be normal to experience some common symptoms of depression including changes in weight, disruption in sleep patterns and days of sadness. However, when these symptoms become consistent and interrupt daily life, it may be time to seek help.
Here are the top five signs of depression and mental illness in young adults:
1. A depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day.
The economic impact and restrictions surrounding COVID-19 lockdowns can bring about normal feelings of sadness. A loss of a job or a school closure can both result in these feelings. However, when a young adult is experiencing depression, these normal feelings of sadness last most of the day and nearly every day.
Listen closely and connect regularly to understand the depth of these feelings.
2. Changes in weight (gain or loss).
Weight gain during this time is not uncommon, as most fitness centers have shut down and plenty of activities have come to a halt. Is your child merely spending more time in the kitchen or is eating controlling his or her life?
On the other hand, some young adults experiencing depression may lose weight, losing interest in food and family gatherings around the table.
3. Exhibiting a diminished interest of feelings or pleasure in activities.
As schools and sports teams shut down, there are fewer activities for young adults to participate in. However, having a lack of choices in entertainment is different than watching your loved one lose interest in a beloved hobby or sport.
Again, it is important to listen to your child and understand their lack of interest here. Is it a lack of opportunity or have they lost interest and a passion for what they used to love?
4. Feelings of worthlessness.
Young adults experiencing depression may report feelings of worthlessness.
While sometimes is dependent on circumstances, such as a job loss or a change in schooling, it may contribute to feelings of depression and a loss of purpose.
5. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation.
Young adults who are experiencing deep depression may have recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation or even attempt suicide.
If you are concerned that a young adult you know is experiencing depression or another form of mental illness, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Embark is the most trusted name in teen and young adult mental health treatment. We’re driven to find the help your family needs. If you’re looking for support, contact us today!