With the focus on mental health, there are so many posts and shares going around with facts on depression.
I am thankful to say that I’ve not dealt with depression in my life. Of course I’ve had sad times, down times, and just plain tired times but I shake those feelings pretty quickly because I know that there’s a rainbow out there waiting to brighten my day.
I have, excuse me, I am dealing with a couple of depressed family members currently. I must admit that it is a chore to continuously reach out, be supportive, and listen to them when they seem to make the same poor decisions that cause their depressed mood.
As you know, pity parties are not my cup of tea. When dealing with adults, I tend to be a giver of tough love, which does not tend to work well with those who are depressed.
In speaking with my family members, they tend to shy away when asked realistic questions that places a spot light on the lack of logic in their decisions. Seeing things for what they are is important in my opinion.
I have to tell myself (repeatedly mind you) that depression is an illness and not a choice and pray for the right words to use.
With this in mind, I am sharing some depression facts that have helped me these past few months.
It isn’t always easy to help the depressed person get treatment, but it can be done, and helping can make you both feel better.
10 Little Known Facts About Depression – Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.
Most major depressions do not occur during the Holidays, they happen in summer. Here are ten other little known facts about depression.
- Depression distorts your thinking. When you are depressed, your mind can play tricks on you. If you have thoughts of suicide, please call someone immediately. Don’t let a temporary glitch in your thinking cause you to harm yourself or another.
- Depression makes you selfish. It’s very hard to think of other people when you’re wrapped in a prickly blanket of sadness, and all you can think about is your own pain. Be proactive and take the steps you need to heal.
- Depression is experienced as anxiety 65 percent of the time. Make sure you get an accurate diagnosis, so you can get the most effective treatment available.
- Persistent irritability can be a symptom of depression. If the world, your life, or your loved ones constantly tick you off, the cause might be something that’s going on inside of you.
- Chronic pain can be another symptom of depression. At the same time, being in continual discomfort can cause you to become depressed. When you are depressed and in pain, it can be hard to know which came first.
- Alcohol is a depressant. So are marijuana and a host of other recreational or street drugs. Self-medication is not going to get you better and will surely make you worse over time. Remember that all medications, including anti-depressants, have side effects.
- People don’t choose to be depressed, but they do make a choice about how to deal with it. You can choose to do nothing, but denying that you have a problem will only make you feel worse.
- The origin of depression can be situational and/or bio-chemical. If you are experiencing mild to moderate situational depression (resulting from the loss of a job, for example), counseling will help you. Most bio-chemical depressions that are moderate to severe are best treated with a combination of medicine and psychotherapy.
- Depression can be as hard on your loved ones as it is on you. Those closest to you may start to feel unloved, and may distance themselves so they aren’t pulled into your pain. Remember that others are counting on you.
- Exercise is the easiest and least expensive cure for depression. Just walking 30 minutes a day will help you and sometimes completely alleviate your symptoms. For this very reason, many therapists take walks with clients instead of doing “couch time.”
Depression takes on many disguises, but more diagnostic tools and better treatments are available today than ever before. Take advantage of the many options that are readily available to help you and your loved ones.
Here are ways you can help someone today with depression.
Remember – It isn’t always easy to help the depressed person get treatment, but it can be done, and helping can make you both feel better.
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