Almost half of all Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetimes, and depression is one of the most common. Despite this, it is often misunderstood, and it can be hard to know how to support a loved one who is suffering.
Treating Depression at Life Resolutions
Depression is characterised by feelings of sadness, a lack of motivation and feelings of hopelessness. Sometimes people with depression feel like things will never get better, but it is important to remember that help is out there.
Mary Magalotti’s Advice on how to tell if a loved one is dealing with depression
Has the individual been feeling more down than usual for two weeks or more? Depression is a prolonged period of sadness.
Have they experienced any recent challenging or traumatic events, such as the death of a loved one, trouble at work, or any other difficulties? These normal feelings of sadness and stress may develop into depression.
Have they previously suffered mental illness, or does it run in their family? Both of these are risk factors for depression.
Do they seem unmotivated or uninterested in hobbies and socialising with others? Someone with depression will often no longer want to do the things they used to enjoy.
Have you noticed them using drugs or alcohol to lift their mood? People with depression may use substances to mask how they are feeling.
What Can You Do to Help?
If your friend or loved one is suffering from depression, it can be hard to know how to support them. One of the best things you can do is to let them know you still appreciate and care for them – depression can often trick people into believing they are unloved or unappreciated by the people around them. Secondly, encourage them to reach out and seek support from a professional.
It is hard to support someone with depression on your own. Gently encourage themto seek professional help.
Do Not Be Afraid to Seek Support with Life Resolutions.
If you or someone you knowis experiencing depression, support is available. Contact our Life Resolutions team today to organise a telehealth or face-to-face appointment, or visit our websiteto learn more.
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