Author and depression survivor Douglas Bloch talks about how living life one day at a time can help you to make it through a depressive episode.
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How to Help Someone With Depression
If you are wondering how to help someone with depression, here are some tips that will help you. Many people pull away from social activities when they’re feeling depressed, but pushing too hard could exacerbate the condition. When possible, take time for yourself as well. Get out of the house, go to the gym, or hang out with friends. Don’t exhaust yourself being the caregiver, though. Try to find ways to distract yourself from your loved one’s depression.
What Are The Signs Of Depression
Generally, the symptoms of depression are quite complex, and they may differ from person to person. Nonetheless, people suffering from depression will experience a number of symptoms, including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a decreased interest in everyday activities. These symptoms can last for weeks or even months, and can interfere with a person’s ability to function in their everyday lives. What’s worse is that depression can creep up slowly, and a person may not even realise that they are depressed.
Decreased cognitive function is another indicator of depression, and must occur almost daily. Anxiety is another serious symptom of depression, and often occurs alongside other mental health problems. Suicidal thoughts are a sign of depression. Thoughts of suicide are particularly serious. A person suffering from depression may be physically tired, or even unable to get out of bed. The condition can affect both the person’s mental and physical health.
What Are The Symptoms Of Depression
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you should seek help. Your GP will be able to diagnose depression based on certain signs and symptoms. However, it is important to note that not all of the symptoms listed here will be present in everyone. Your doctor will use the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 to diagnose you. These symptoms can include thoughts of suicide and self-harm. Your doctor can help you find appropriate resources and treatments.
Many people are afflicted with depression, and there are no specific causes. Genetics, poor childhood experiences, and physical health problems are not responsible for this condition. Biological factors include inflammation, hormonal changes, and immune system suppression. Stressful life events like unemployment, relationship breakups, or even assaults can trigger depression. Even in people who have no history of depression, social factors can greatly contribute to the symptoms.
How To Support Somone With Depression
If you want to be a good friend to a loved one who has depression, you need to understand the feelings and emotions that depression can bring. This is particularly true for the person who is struggling with their mental health. They may have an extremely difficult time accepting that they are depressed, and might see everything in the world as a failure. They may not be able to do everyday tasks without your help, but you can still do many of those things on their behalf.
If you don’t experience depression yourself, it can be difficult to understand the distorted thinking and feelings that accompany depression. Don’t assume you know everything about depression – it is unique for every individual. Respond to what they tell you, and don’t make assumptions – this can invalidate them and discourage them from opening up to you. Here are some ways you can help:
How to talk to someone about depression
If you are considering talking to a friend who is suffering from depression, there are some things you should keep in mind. Remember that everyone has bad days, so don’t make yourself feel guilty if you’re not depressed yourself. Depression is a complex issue that can last for years, so it’s important to avoid appearing too condescending. Remember that it may be difficult to approach someone who is struggling. It’s important to check in often, so you can provide support and help when needed.
The first step in talking to a friend or loved one about their depression is to ask them if they’re getting help from professionals. While it is better to ask for permission than to force your way in, it can be important to do it even if you’re feeling uncomfortable. Call the Depression Helpline, or your local Mental Health Services. The helpline is a free resource for people who need support. The more people that are aware of the helpline, the better.
Encouraging the person to get help with their depression
While you want the person with depression to get help, they may not be able to recognize the signs or symptoms of depression. They might think they are experiencing normal feelings, or they may feel ashamed of having a depressive disorder. But, depression rarely gets better without help. In fact, it can become worse over time. You should encourage the person with depression to seek therapy, counseling, or other types of help, and to remember that it is never your place to force the person with depression to seek treatment.
While it can be helpful to ask the person with depression about suicide, it can also be difficult to make that decision when they are depressed. If they are hesitant, give them time to think about it. Do not pressure them into making a decision. Some people may be nervous to seek help, unsure of the process, or simply feel hopeless that any kind of treatment will help. Encourage the person with depression to get help by providing information, support, and reassurance.