Stress is often mistaken as depression and depression is often thought to be stress. In today’s fast-paced world, more and more people are getting diagnosed with stress and depression.
As per psychiatrists practising in best hospitals in Kolkata, depression is a loss of interest in things and a feeling of constant sadness. Stress can either be emotional or mental and can be triggered by multiple factors. For instance, students becoming stressed out before their final exams and being cheery once the exams get over is a perfect example of stress.
Depression is another concept that requires our undivided attention. Chronic stress can become depression. There are many people with signs of clinical depression but unfortunately, they do not get the help they need due to various reasons. There’s a stigma attached to depression which we must remove from our society. It’s because of this stigma many patients do not seek therapy or get professional help in spite of showing signs of depression.
So how do signs of stress and depression differ?
Signs of stress
- Problems in concentration
- Poor memory
- Anxiety Anger issues
- Difficulty doing daily activities.
Signs of depression
- Constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness
- Lack of motivation in doing anything
- Undereating or overeating
- Sleeping more or less than normal
- Memory problem
- Frustration and anger
- Disinterest in everything
- Suicidal thoughts.
If you are stressed out, take a break and try to relax a bit. In the case of depression, seek professional help. Visit a good psychiatrist and get medical therapy. Depression is not something to be taken lightly or ignored. Your mental health is equally important as your physical health. Yes, life is possible after depression. ILS Hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala will help you in every way possible when you’re on the journey to overcome depression.
In simple words, Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a neurological spectrum disorder in which the person lacks basic communication (both verbal and non-verbal) skills and social skills. There is no obvious reason behind autism but it is believed by many psychiatrists that ASD in children happens due to heredity, genetic disorders and deformity in the brain structure.
Children show signs of ASD after age 1 or 2 so it’s important for the parents to observe their child’s strange signs. The signs that might indicate that your child is autistic are as follows:
Prefers to always stay alone: It’s very odd for a child to prefer being alone than being in the company of other children. Autistic children live in their own world and does not know how to make friends and socially interact with people.
Inflexible nature: If your child follows a strict routine even at such a tender age, there is nothing to be proud of because it is a warning sign of ASD. Children with autism religiously follow their fixed schedule and have difficulty while dealing with even the most minor changes in their routine.
Repetitive behaviors: Your child may indulge in repetitive behaviors if he or she suffers from autism. The repetitive behaviors include- repeating words or phrases, lining up toys, incessant rocking, staring at lights, twirling, watching moving objects and so on.
Does not like physical affection: If your child does not like to be cuddled or even given a pat on the back, or be embraced when upset, it may indicate autism disorder.
Disinterested, unaware and unresponsive: A very unusual sign of autism is no eye contact which is seriously worrying for many parents. If your child always seems detached from the world and does not respond to you at all and appears to you deaf, chances are your child has autism.
Robot-like personality: Observe whether your child speaks in a flat robot-like tone with no emotions, has atypical posture and if walks on tiptoes.
Obsessive behavior: If your child has an obsession and special interest for certain topics and always craves for precise factual information, it can be a sign of ASD. OCD (Over- Compulsive disorder) and Autism go hand in hand so do watch for such signals and talk to a child psychiatrist.
Highly unemotional:Autistic children do not show even the basic human emotion in their speech, facial expressions and do not understand anyone’s feelings nor can relate to them. They may look aloof and cold to the entire world but the simple fact remains that they are poor at expressing themselves.
Self-harming behavior: Notice if your child practice self-injurious behavior like headbanging, self-scratching, hair pulling and face or head-slapping. Self-harm behavior is harmful and requires medical attention so consult a paediatric psychiatrist if your child physically harms him/herself.
Meltdowns: If your child has frequent meltdowns, it can make your life troublesome. There is a difference between normal tantrums and autistic meltdowns, so do not confuse the two and seek professional help, if needed.
Thus, if you notice the above-mentioned signs in your child, consider consulting a child psychiatrist without any delay. We, at ILS Hospitals, have trained and compassionate psychiatrists who will provide your child with the supportive care and counseling needed to better his or her life.