More than just feeling unhappy or sad, depression is a mental illness that can cause a multitude of symptoms within individuals who suffer from it. They can feel helpless, lose interest in things they may enjoy, get feelings of guilt, and hopelessness. Individuals may also gain or lose an excessive about of weight, and find they lack energy for daily routines.
While depression can be hard on those who have it, it can also take its toll on friends and family; especially those who struggle to support and aid a loved one going through this illness.
How can you help? We’ve compiled the 10 best ways you can help a friend, loved one, or family member who is battling Depression.
The first step to help anyone who has depression, is to be aware of the signs and symptoms. Depression can be more than ‘just a phase’, it can be something someone struggles with, their entire life. Some signs of depression include:
• Prolonged period of anxiety, sadness, or an empty mood.
• Showing signs of pessimism, or hopelessness.
• Individuals can feel guilty, helpless, and worthless.
• Zero interest in things that have given them joy in the past. This could be anything from a hobby, fitness activities, or even sex.
• Lowered energy; feelings of fatigue and tiredness.
• Indecisiveness, difficulty when concentrating or remembering.
• Sleeping patterns can change. This may include oversleeping, or alternatively, insomnia.
• Appetite may increase or decrease; which can cause an excessive weight gain or loss.
• Suicidal thoughts or attempts.
• A feeling of irritability.
• Headaches, digestive issues, and chronic pain that can’t seem to be relieved by treatment.