What if you woke up every morning dreading the day ahead? If you felt like all your goals were unachievable or even pointless? What if you could just not shake an overwhelming feeling of sadness?
This is the reality for someone living with depression, a mental illness that can be debilitating and devastating.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, it is important to know life does not have to be this way and help is available.
Treating Depression at Life Resolutions
Sometimes, someone with depression can feel like things are never going to get better, but most people do recover from depression and become healthy again.
Mary Magalotti’s Advice on how to tell if a loved one is dealing with depression
Depression can sometimes be triggered by difficult life experiences. If your friend or family member has recently been through something hard in their life, it might be worth checking in to see how they are managing.
Depression is characterised by a consistently low mood for two weeks or more. If this is the case for the person you are worried about, they might be dealing with depression.
If someone has previously experienced depression or other mental illness, this makes them more susceptible to depression in the future.
If your loved one seems to no longer enjoy activities they used to cherish, this could be depression.
If you find your loved one is emotionally or physically distant, it might be depression making them withdraw from the people they care about.
If the individual has begun using drugs or alcohol, they may be attempting to self-medicate their depression.
Depression can sometimes alter an individuals’ speech or behaviour, inparticular, making them more lethargic or lacking in concentration.
What Can You Do to Help?
If you think your friend, family member or loved one may be dealing with depression, reach out and assure them that you care for them and want them to see them well again. They may want to talk but be too afraid to reach out. Also, encouragethem seek professional help. Depression is a serious illness, and just like you should see the doctor if you are physically unwell, you should see a psychologist if you are emotionally suffering.
Do Not Be Afraid to Seek Support with Life Resolutions.
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, remember that help is available, and it is possible to get better. Contact our Life Resolutions team today to book a telehealth consultation or in-person appointment, or visit our website for additional information.
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