Understanding depression in a friend or family member



·         Depression is a serious condition. Don’t underestimate the seriousness of depression. Depression drains a person’s energy, optimism, and motivation. Your depressed loved one can’t just “snap out of it” by sheer force of will.

·         The symptoms of depression aren’t personal. Depression makes it difficult for a person to connect on a deep emotional level with anyone, even the people he or she loves most. In addition, depressed people often say hurtful things and lash out in anger. Remember that this is the depression talking, not your loved one, so try not to take it personally.

·         Hiding the problem won’t make it go away. Don’t be an enabler. It doesn’t help anyone involved if you are making excuses, covering up the problem, or lying for a friend or family member who is depressed. In fact, this may keep the depressed person from seeking treatment.

·         You can’t “fix” someone else’s depression. Don’t try to rescue your loved one from depression. It’s not up to you to fix the problem, nor can you. You’re not to blame for your loved one’s depression or responsible for his or her happiness (or lack thereof). Ultimately, recovery is in the hands of the depressed person.

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Why are creative people more likely to be depressed? Your thoughts?

Anhedonia does not cause us to not be able to experience pleasure from the things we used to enjoy. Instead, we can still experience the pleasure but the pleasure is not sustaining and is very minimal.


I kinda don’t care that psychology is supposedly so hard to get into and thrive. It’s really not about that, I would run a free clinic if I knew I could survive. I just never want anyone to feel this awful or lonely . I want to be able to help them because no one deserves to be sad.

The inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable is called anhedonia. Anhedonia is linked to a symptom of depression.

Symptoms of Teenage Depression


1. Being overwhelmed by deep feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

2. Lack of energy; feeling sluggish and lethargic. Alternatively, feeling restless and agitated.

3. Having no interest in, and deriving no pleasure from, activities they previously enjoyed.

4. Experiencing feelings of anxiety and panic.

5. Feeling as if they are in turmoil; feeling worried and irritable all the time. He or she may brood over things, or suddenly lash out in anger (because of their feelings of distress.)

6. Having difficulty organizing, concentrating or remembering things (where this wasn’t previously the case.)

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