Recognizing Depression – Rush

In Jamie Cvengros‘s experience, people with depression often avoid talking about depression.

“There’s a stigma around mental illness,” says Cvengros, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Rush University Medical Center. “And that makes people hesitant to tell their loved ones, or their doctors, that something is wrong.” Cvengros was writing in the Rush Stories publication.

But even those who don’t say anything usually communicate their problem via changes in their body language and behavior. 

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Learning to recognize these six nonverbal signs can equip you to extend needed help and compassion to the people in your life who may be struggling with depression:

1. Changing body language

“If someone in your life is depressed, you’ll probably notice that their body language changes,” Cvengros says. How it changes depends on the person. Some people might make less eye contact than usual. Others may have a more slumped posture. Their hand gestures may become less frequent, or slower.


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5 responses to “Recognizing Depression – Rush

  1. Ciecka, Jim

    I was in Florida for seven months this winter but returned to Chicago two weeks ago. I have not seen you in the the park, walking your dog. Hope all is well.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Tony, one of the problems with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), that Jeannie was diagnosed with in December 2015, is that depression and negative attitudes come along 3 or 4 times a week. It’s no good me saying you will be alright I have to point out that it is the PD speaking. That tends to be the answer as well as socialisation especially at the Rock Steady classes held every Monday and Wednesday mornings.

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