Depression

Signs and Symptoms:

Those dealing with depression may experience symptoms and show signs on a daily basis for a prolonged period of time.

Signs can include:

  • Loss of energy and interest in daily activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping and concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

What to do when your loved one is experiencing depression?

Depression is a serious disorder. If someone you love is dealing with depression it can be a difficult time for both your loved one and yourself.

Ways to comfort someone with depression can include:

  • Listen openly and without judgement
  • Say you are there and available for support
  • Do not lecture or talk down
  • Take action and seek help

Helpful phrases to use

  • “You are not alone. I am here for you.”
  • “I’ve noticed you have been going through a lot lately. Would you like to talk about it?”
  • “Is there anyway I can help you?”

Phrases to avoid

  • “This is just a phase. Everyone gets sad.”
  • “I know exactly how you feel”.
  • “You have no reason to be depressed.”

Treatment

Successful treatment for depression does vary from person to person. It is treatable and more effective with early treatment. It is important to consult with a doctor about treatment and if symptoms worsen.

Medication (Antidepressants)

Intended to control mood or stress by targeting specific chemicals in brain.

Psychotherapy

Such as Cognitive-behavioral therapy and Interpersonal therapy are intended to manage depressive mood and behaviors through personal counseling.