How to deal with depression?

Have a family member or know a friend who is depressed? This article provides information about depression and is a general guide for family members and friends of a depressed person. Depression is a mental illness, its signs and symptoms often ignored by people and hence, growing at a fast pace all around the world. We hope this article will help you and make it easy for you to deal with depressed patients.

How often have we immediately applied a band-aid to a small cut? More times than we can think. Now think of this, how often have we tried to heal a mental or emotional scar? What was your answer? Never? Don't worry, you are not alone. We are not alone.

When it comes to health, our mental health has been inclined to be ignored until recently. If we have a traumatic experience, we are often advised to "get over it". And believe me when I say, one never gets over it. We just learn to live with it.

This article is to shed some light on one of the most commonly found mental illnesses, depression. Depression is a mental condition. Say it with me, Depression is a mental condition and needs to be tended!

What is depression?

It is a state of mind which makes the person feel things which they probably can't put into words. Depression is a mental condition. It is a negative state of mind of a person which leads to negative emotions and the way a person feel and react to any situation. Depressed people need to have their feelings acknowledged, which often ignored by others and by their loved ones.

Depression can have its short term and long term effects on a person if not identified and treated on time. Unlike any other diseases or illness, people feel reluctant to discuss their mental condition and feel hard to accept that they need treatment. In most of the cases, the person is not aware that they are ill and need treatment. So, it becomes important for us to know the signs and symptoms of depression and take corrective actions to improve our mental health. As mental health is equally important as our physical health. Physical health is directly related to our mental health. Hence, poor mental health can lead to poor physical health.

Signs of Depression

Look for ten signs of depression: Understanding and getting help for depression is very important. Below is a checklist of depression signs. Mark against each sign that sounds like you, your friend or any of your family member. This is not meant to make a diagnosis for depression but can help you to identify, if you need some assistance for your mental health.
  • I feel sad most of the time.
  • I don't enjoy doing the things I've always enjoyed doing.
  • I don't sleep well at night.
  • I feel restless all the time.
  • I feel tired most of the time and just want to keep laying in bed.
  • I don't feel like going out with the friend and talking to anyone.
  • I like to sit in dark places and want to stay alone but by doing so, I feel hurt and unhappy.
  • I feel like to scream and cry, as I feel upset and fearful most of the time, but can't figure out why?
  • I don't like myself. I feel bad most of the time. I'm always bothered about what others are thinking, talking and saying about me.
  • I think about death and different ways to kill myself and to set the people free, who are not happy with my behavior.

Understand that depression is an illness: Depression can be treated and cured with simple help. It is okay to have negative thoughts in mind and feeling upset. But don't let it overpower you. You need to learn ways to divert your mind from unnecessary negative thoughts to produce positive thoughts. If you are not able to do it yourself then, you must seek help.

Go for counselling: Look for nearby Counselling Centers or Mental Health Society. They provide free on-call assistance to patients by keeping their information confidential. You can also visit their centers for further assistance.

See your doctor: In case you are not getting any relief after going for counseling. Then, you may see a Doctor. In some severe cases medications are needed to treat depression. There is nothing to worry, even if you have to take medicines for some time. It is just like you take medicines in case of fever or infection. Similarly, the doctor may give you medicines depending upon the severity of your depression.

What family members and friends can do for a depressed person?

It is very important to be patient while dealing with a depressed person. Remember, no one gets depressed in a single day, similarly, it takes time to come out from depression. Immense care, love, and support are needed to take out the person from depression. If your loved ones are suffering from any kind of negative emotions or depression, allow them to change and be as they want to. As a relative or friend of a depressed person, you may seek professional advice, to help you to terms with depression and its better understanding.

What we can do for a depressed person?

  1. Tell and make the person feel that you are concerned about him and his feelings.
  2. Shower immense love on a person and do take care of them. Don't leave a depressed person alone.
  3. Help a person to make an appointment with a counselor or doctor. Go with the person, do not let him go alone.
  4. "Be There" for the person during treatment.
  5. Talk to a person before taking him to a doctor. Do not force, be patient as you may have to ask several times before the person will agree to it.
  6. In serious cases, the person often remarks about suicide, do not ignore that.
  7. Dealing with a depressed person is never easy, and in severe cases of depression, it becomes even more difficult to deal with them. You may also start feeling depressed. So, in such case, take time off for yourself once, do things you enjoy and love. Taking care of yourself will help you to feel better and happy.
  8. If you're helping a person who is depressed then, it doesn't mean you put your life on hold.
  9. Being there for a person is important but, taking care of yourself and other responsibilities are equally important. So don't ignore yourself.

Having said that, bear in mind, the signs are, sometimes, not so obvious or clear. It can be as simple as laying in bed and thinking about everything you can't achieve, or it could be just staying put for hours and hours without any will to move a muscle.

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Guest Author: Puneet Saini22 Feb 2019

This article on methods to deal with depression is really helpful.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha22 Feb 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

The author has enlisted several points essentially to be followed during the process of treatment of a depressed person. The main obstacle in alleviating the problem is the lack of confidence in the depressed patient and in no way will he shed his negative emotions since he fails to analyze the cause associated with the problem. This process can be initiated by a close person of the patient and with his tactfulness and patience. He may be able to regain the confidence of the said patient.

The other and the more effective procedure is to consult a specialist who will diagnose the root cause of the mental trauma and proceed according to the symptoms of the patients. Without fail, the attendant has to cover the entire suggestion as suggested by the specialist and gradually the healing effect will be noticed.
The attendant needs to refrain from anger while dealing with the patient and in no way, he should utter any word hurting the sentiment of the patient.

The article would prove to be a boon for the readers especially for those connected with the treatment of a depressed person.

Author: Reena Upadhya03 Apr 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

It is a well-written article on depression describing the symptoms, definition and steps to be taken in handling the serious disease. Depression is not just like any other physical disease or disorder that can be treated with drugs and other surgical treatments. It is a mind related one. Thus, it drains out the precious energy of an individual. As a result that individual loses the hope and passion for life. When the drive to carry on the journey is lost, that person does not understand how to cope up with the changes that are been taking place and thus can no longer make necessary adjustments that can make him feel good.

Dealing with depression or overcoming it is not easy. It is a difficult process and thus takes time. One needs to be patient with it. It is a stubborn condition and can persist for as long as it desires. The purpose should be to accept it. Treatment begins with acceptance. Take small but firm steps that can bring in desirable positive changes each and every day. It does not matter how small the changes are as long as one can see the overall gradual improvement.

Seek support from others as loneliness feeds depression and makes it worse. A person of strong will can cope up with it by himself. However, it is not possible for everyone to beat it. Thus, reach out to others as early as possible. Though, reaching out is against the nature of depression. People who are depressed usually love to remain isolated and thus they withdraw from everyone. But it is very important to seek help from others. Participating socially will do the trick and improve the mood. It is important to improve mood and feel light. Thus, carry out activities that energize and bring relaxation. Do anything and everything that will decrease stress. Enrol in fun tasks.

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