Depression is something most individuals do not see as a disease or condition, many people see it as an excuse. That could not be further from the truth. Depression not only consumes a person’s mind and heart but their ability to function physically on a daily basis. Many lose interest in the things they once loved to do and cannot even get up out of bed in the morning to focus on daily tasks. Some of these things are easy to overcome but many are not. Here are some helpful tips on how to get over depression, and how to watch for the signs.
It is important to know some of the most common symptoms of depression before you can fully be able to watch out for the signs in yourself or a loved one.
- Lack of concentration and ability to make decisions.
- Tiredness and decreased energy.
- Severe pessimism or hopeless feelings.
- Unable to sleep, restlessness and irritability.
- Loss of appetite.
- Physical pains such as leg pains, headaches, and cramps.
- Thoughts of suicide.
- Consistent sad and anxious feelings.
It may common to ask yourself “Why am I so depressed?” or “Why is my friend so depressed?” Sometimes there are no easy answers to those types of questions. Sometimes an event triggers these types of feelings while other times it simply comes out of nowhere. People who suffer from depression are at high-risk for suicide. The best thing you can possibly do is to recommend they see a therapist, or if it is you who is suffering, to contact a therapist yourself. There are many medications as well as other treatments available that can assist in the healing process.
There are other factors that can cause depression such as family history, medications, as well as a history of alcohol or drug abuse. People who have a family history of depression or more likely to fall into the same patterns of depression. Many people who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction also are more likely to have symptoms of depression. Or they could be drinking or using drugs to help deal with depression and this is an unhealthy way to deal with depression.
If you or someone you love suffers from depression you should take it very seriously. It has the potential to destroy lives. If you catch it soon enough you might be able to save one. Talk to your loved one, keep the lines of communication open and make sure you stay in close contact. Even just a little bit of contact can make a huge difference. Make sure you also suggest that your friend or loved one seeks out therapy as soon as possible. This could literally be what saves their life.