One of the worst issues regarding depression is how many people suffer from the condition without it being acknowledged. Almost all friends and family members are involved, and especially primary caregivers. Helping someone with depression is a serious task and requires a lot of research and understanding. If you have taken this role, then you should know the basic things about the illness.
Who Can Be a Caregiver When Helping Someone With Depression?
Usually caregivers who are helping someone with depression are a spouse or a child. However, other family members and friends can also be in this role. This refers mostly to emotional support, but physical well-being as well as social interaction must not be neglected. Sometimes it can even include financial help. You must have in mind that this is not an easy task. Things can be especially difficult if the person affected is elderly. Helping a sick parent requires additional strength, since they may be diagnosed with other diseases as well.
Every mental illness has its symptoms. The most common for depression are: sleeping issues, sudden change in eating habits (eating far too little or too much), and fatigue. Furthermore, you can spot a sense of hopelessness, irritability, problems with concentration, and similar behavioral issues.
However, the first symptom is a change in their outlook and energy levels. Expressing severe sadness for several weeks can be a sign of depression. The most severe indicator is thoughts of suicide. It’s important to pay attention to their normal positive levels and see if they’ve decreased. Sadness is normal, but when prolonged, becomes depression.
Talk to Them About Depression
Helping someone with depression requires talking with the person about these symptoms. Offer them conversation in a quiet place and approach the topic in a gentle way. In a lot of cases they won’t admit they suffer from depression, but it’s still wise to advise them to see a doctor. If they have suicidal thoughts, there are many organisations that can help. Some of them you can find here, on the website established after Chester Bennington’s death.
The most important thing is to never give up, and recognize the symptoms on time. Many people will live with depression throughout their lives, and can still be very happy. A willingness to support and be present for your loved one or patient with depression is the first step to recovery.
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