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How to Help a Depressed Family Member


One of the hardest things to do is to watch a family member suffer from depression, all the while remaining powerless to stop them. Depression, a mental disorder that can range from mild effectiveness to absolute debilitation, hits millions of Americans every year. As such, a growing number of people are now forced to confront the issue of how to help their depressed family member.

Depression, aside from the obvious damage it does to one’s psyche, can cause an assortment of problems to a person’s social relationships, career and personal life. Just like with any other mental disorder, the key to battling it is attempting to treat it before it blows up into a full-fledged problem, and completely messes up a sufferer’s life.

Now, it’s important to remember that a certain amount of sadness and/or loneliness is perfectly normal and an accepted part of life. The problems arise, though, when a person completely loses the ability to take joy in something they once derived pleasure from, and appears exhausted on a regular basis even they haven’t done anything that would warrant this type of behavior.

As per the National Institute of Mental Heath, some of the more recognizable symptoms of depression are: problems sleeping, lack of ability to concentrate, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, inability to control negative thoughts, loss of appetite, irritability and suicidal thoughts.

The key, with any depression sufferer is letting them know that they are not alone. Feelings of loneliness tend to well up inside of sufferers and force them to deal with their issues by themselves, which in turn can make a bad situation worse. Rather, a supportive family member should stay by a sufferer’s side no matter what, and not take any jab, regardless of how tiring it may get, personally.

An assortment of treatment options exist for depression, the key is making the effort to seek them out and then choosing the one that fits best.

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