Depression is anoften-misunderstood illness that some are unwilling to talk about but normalising the challenges of mental illness can go a long way toward getting people the help they need. When someone has depression, they feel down and unmotivated to such a degree that it begins to seriously impact their health.
Treating Depression at Life Resolutions
For someone with depression, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But support is out there, and there are things that can help.
Mary Magalotti’s Advice on how to tell if a loved one is dealing with depression
Have they faced any difficult life experiences like bullying, an abusive relationship or job loss? These factors can make someone more susceptible to depression.
How long have they been feeling down for? If someone has had a period of sadness lasting two weeks or more, this can be a symptom of depression.
Have they previously experienced depression or does mental illness run in their family? This heightens their risk of depression.
Are they less sociable than usual or seem unmotivated to do things they normally enjoy? People with depression often struggle to find joy in the things they used to.
Do they seem to have trouble concentrating or staying on task? Depression can cause the brain to process information more slowly.
Do they rely on drugs or alcohol to lift their mood? Drugs and alcohol are unfortunately a common coping strategy for those experiencing mental illness.
Have you noticed changes in their weight? Depression can cause both over and under-eating.
What Can You Do to Help?
If you think your friend or family member might be suffering from depression, the best thing you can do is reach out and let them know you are there for them. The person suffering might not want to talk about how they are feeling, so just give them space and let them know you are there if they want to open up. Talking with a friend can be very helpful for someone experiencing depression, but it is also important to encourage them to chat to a professional about how they’re feeling.
It is hard to help someone suffering from depression on your own and can cause you stress too.It is best to gently encourage someone with depression to seek professional help.
Do Not Be Afraid to Seek Support with Life Resolutions.
If you or someone you know have symptoms of depression, it is important to reach out and get help. Contact our Life Resolutions team today to organise a telehealth or in-person appointment, or visit our website for additional information.
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