Get Help for Depression
Depression can make it very hard to reach out for help. The very nature of depression slows down thought and body processes. Severely depressed people even have slower reaction times, as if the body’s entire energy level itself has been depressed.
Depression Help for You
If you are feeling depressed, you have come to the right place. There is help available for you, and it is possible to get help finding treatment, even if that task may seem overwhelming. In the meantime, there are some things you can easily do for yourself:
- Just like it is for someone who has a cold or the flu, depression is not your fault. Go easy on yourself. Pamper yourself a little if you can, just for right now. Give yourself a break and let healing begin.
- Set very small goals. Don’t take on additional responsibility and expect too much from yourself right away. Expecting too much will only make things more difficult. Your main job right now is to get past this depression.
- Try to be with other people if you can. You don’t have to be the life of the party, but it may help to not be physically alone.
- Hold off on making major decisions like getting divorced, getting married, making large purchases or moving long distances until you can talk to a trusted counselor.
- These negative thoughts you are having right now are not true-to-life. Depression makes you think things that may not always be true.
- You cannot just will this away. Depression requires treatment in order to go away. You need the help of a trusted counselor or doctor to get through this.
- You are not alone. An estimated 17 to 18 million adults suffer from depression in the United States each year. There is hope for you and depression does not mean that you are flawed in any way. Depression involves the chemical responses of the brain and can be treated just like diabetes or any other illness.
Depression Help for Your Loved One
The best thing you can do for your depressed friend or loved one is to give assistance. Often, it is very difficult for a depressed person to seek or obtain help. Many depressed people will say there is nothing you can do to help because the depression seems permanent and unchanging to the depressed person. The best way to help is to become educated about depression and be as encouraging as possible and guide the depressed person as much as is appropriate.
Here are some tips for helping your loved one:
- Help your loved one get treatment. Encourage the person to seek treatment and then offer to be with the person to make the call.
- Bear with your loved one. It can be tempting to yell, “Snap out of it!” or “Get over it already!” but this will only make the depression much worse and may push your loved one away.
- Encourage the person to continue treatment. Often it may take weeks for treatment to begin working. Stick with it and encourage your loved one to do the same. If the person is taking prescribed medication, ask if you can monitor the medication use.
- Invite your loved one out for fun things. Even if he or she refuses, there is the possibility that he or she might accept next time. Never stop asking, but be sure not to ask in a pushy manner. Simply offering to bring back food for the person may be helpful. Remember that it is easy for a depressed person to become overwhelmed and being too pushy might depress the person further.
- Listen and accept. Things your loved one may say right now might sound terrible. Keep in mind that this may be the depression talking. Don’t take anything personally and remember that this will pass eventually.
Depression Requires Help
Depression is not just a mood. Clinical depression is not a phase or a fad or an attention-seeking activity. Clinical depression is serious and it can be deadly. You need to find out your options. We offer a toll free 24-hour helpline to guide you through your treatment options. We can help you with everything from advice to planning to possible intervention. Don’t hesitate; call today.