How can a person act depressed/suicidal... and how does a person appear when they really are depressed/suicidal?
Hmm, interesting question and I'm just the person for this answer. I'll use myself to answer this .I was actually just diagonsed with depression so I'm on prozac and see a therapist and psychiatrist religously. From the outside, you probably wouldn't be able to distinguish me from anyone else. I look, act and dress just like any typical person you'd see in the streets. You'd have to personally know me to know I was depressed. I often put on a facade in school and stuff to mask my depression, but around my close family/friends, it's obvious something is up. People with depression often have a lot of mood swings. Sometimes you'll be like, "Yeah man, I'm on top of the world!" and other times you'll be like" I can't live anymore, I just wanna die!" Often these mood swings are triggered by events, but sometimes, they're at a complete random. Depressed people also generally keep to themselves and usually experience a lack of ineterest in thing they used to enjoy. They often don't like being around other people and don't pay much attention to their physical appearance or schoolwork. Since I've been depressed, I've noticed I haven't been as interested in friends, social activites, fashion or people in general. I used to think it was like a liberating kind of rebellion for me, but I'm kinda second-guessing that theory. You can't lock yourself up forever or you'll go mad.Not every depression calls for meds because they often won't help. If it's triggered by bad life experiences (death in the family, financial problems etc), then meds would only be a last resort, therapy would be the best thing. However, with some people, it's right in their genes and isn't neccessarily triggered by anything. I, for example have a SERIOUS history of mental illnesses on both sides of my family (I'm talking depression, bipolar, scitzophrenia, the works), plus my father had a drug problem when I was conceived, so I guess that explains me. Some of my life experiences sure as hell didn't help, but I more than likely would have been doomed to depression either way with a family history like that. Anyhow, if depression is in your genes, therapy probably won't help and meds are your only option (well, combined with therapy). Anyways, hope that helped and best of luck to you or whoever it is you know who's struggling with depression.
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Dear funyetnotfunatall, If you are thinking someone you know is suicidal then you need to contact their parents/guardian or school counsellor right away. You always err on the side of caution when you suspect this. Some signs of depression could be that the person isn't enjoying life, they stay alone, change in eating, just seem sad. Sue...good luck
if you were to say no me then all you would have to do is look at me tell him/her first that your worried about her