DISCLAIMER. This video is for educational purposes ONLY. If you think that you may suffer from depression, please consult a qualified mental health practitioner.
In this video, author and depression counselor Douglas Bloch offers a simple nine-question test that will help you to determine if you or a loved one suffers from clinical depression.
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How to Help Someone With Depression
Depression can be a difficult thing to overcome, but there are ways to help a loved one cope with the illness. The first step is to spot the signs of depression and talk to them about it. You can offer support and advice after you’ve identified the symptoms of depression. Next, you need to determine whether the person is experiencing suicidal thoughts. If they do, suggest them to seek out an expert or look into a different form of therapy. Make sure they rid themselves of any guns they have in their house.
What are the Signs of Depression?
Recognizing the warning signs is the first step to the determination of whether someone is depressed. The person’s behavior may alter dramatically. The person could become impulsive and make bad decisions. He or she might also lose interest in the possessions of their body or emotions. These are signs of depression that may require medical treatment.
While the exact signs of depression may differ for individuals, they usually involve feelings of despair, sadness and a loss of interest in things that once brought joy. These feelings can last for weeks or months, and may affect your professional or social life. These symptoms often occur slowly in people suffering from depression. A family member or friend member might not be aware at first.
What Are The Symptoms Of Depression
People suffering from depression feel sad most of the time and lose interest in daily activities. They may have difficulty sleeping or lose appetite. These symptoms are not always the norm. If you think you may be suffering from depression, it’s important to seek out help. Some of these symptoms are temporary and mild While others are serious.
First, schedule an appointment to see a doctor. The NHS recommends that patients suffering from depressive symptoms see an GP when symptoms continue to persist. Doctors diagnose patients with manuals such as the International Classification of Diseases (10 ICD-10). The ICD-10 list contains a number of criteria that could indicate depression however it does not need to be the sole criteria used for diagnosing the patient.
How can you support someone suffering from Depression
Depression is a debilitating condition and there are a variety of ways to support a loved one suffering from it. The first step is to learn the nature of depression and the signs it brings. Be careful not to minimize the person’s feelings, but acknowledge that the experience is real and challenging. The person must be aware that they are loved by someone who is willing to assist.
As a friend, family member, or caregiver, you must be available to help your loved family member in any way you can. You could help them with their daily chores or visit them at the doctor. You could even listen to them. Keep in mind that depression isn’t something that can be cured overnight.
Encouragement to the person to seek help for depression
One of the best ways to encourage those suffering from depression to seek treatment is to make it clear that you know the feelings of being hopeless or angry. It will only make things worse if you try to hide the problem or justify the issue. It can be difficult to convince someone to seek treatment. Be patient and encourage them to seek treatment.
There are a variety of ways to encourage someone suffering from depression to seek treatment. However, it is not feasible to force them into seeking treatment. Instead, you must create a loving environment where you can help them work toward recovery. You can also learn about the different types of treatment that are available. You can search for support groups and mental health professionals in your local area. Once you’ve found the right person for you, call them to inquire about their treatment of patients. You should not book an appointment without talking with them first.