Understanding depression in a friend or family member

psych-facts:

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·         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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7 Tips To Be Productive With Work While Depressed

Our emotions affect what we could perform. When we are depressed, we are less productive at work. We do not enjoy working and most of the time would rather sleep. However, you must get things done, so what do you do? 

Here are some tips I think that might help, but other people’s thoughts would be appreciated. 

1. Sleep off the feelings. When we sleep, our body and mind get a chance to heal and return to a normalized state. Sleep probably recalibrates the chemicals in our body. 

2. Take a shower. A shower feels good and feeling good could trigger happy chemicals in our body. It also relaxes our mind. 

3. Go for a walk. Sometimes doing repetitive activities either at home or workplace could become very daunting. A walk outside gives us a chance to see more of the world and also the health benefits of having more oxygen go into our body makes us feel less stressed. 

4. Do some of your favorite hobby. Play video games, watch a movie or hang out with friends. Doing something you enjoy takes your mind off the boring things in life. 

5. Plan some events or activities ahead. Feeling that life is repetitive without some change or things to look forward to could become quite solitary. Instead, plan out some things you could look forward to. This will take your mind away from your present state and allow you to feel that there’s some kind of reward for all the hard work you are putting in. Perhaps, a trip after studying is done?

6. Seek professional help or speak to someone who understands. Keeping things to yourself could make the feelings worse. It makes you feel lonely and trapped. Opening up about what’s on your mind allows you to free yourself. 

7.Figure out what’s making you depressed and come up with a satisfactory solution that tackles the problem(s). Sometimes it’s hard to figure out why we are sad or feel the way we do. This could lead us to make those feelings stronger. When we find out the source of our feelings, it allows us to find ways to solve the cause. 




Understanding depression in a friend or family member

psych-facts:

onlinecounsellingcollege:

·         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.
 






perfectionstoomainstream:

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

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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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