Uncovering the Hidden Signs of Depression in Your Loved Ones and Ways to Offer Support
Mental health is just as important as our physical health, and depression is one of the most common mental health conditions that affects millions of people worldwide. According to WHO, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression not only impacts the person experiencing it, but it also affects their loved ones.
It can be difficult to recognize depression, but its signs and symptoms are often hidden, and the people experiencing it can also be in denial. If you suspect that a loved one is struggling with depression, here are some things to look out for and ways to offer support.
1. Changes in Behavior
One of the most noticeable signs of depression is the changes in behavior of your loved one. If they’ve gone from being outgoing to withdrawing, or they are now sleeping excessively or not getting enough sleep, this could be a sign of depression.
Other changes in behavior include changes in appetite or weight, lack of interest in their favorite hobbies, or activities they usually enjoy. Increased irritability, difficulty making decisions, and memory problems are also signs of depression.
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2. Physical Symptoms
Depression can cause physical symptoms as well, such as headaches, body aches, and fatigue. Your loved one may also have digestive problems, such as stomach pain, constipation, or diarrhea. If you notice any of these physical symptoms, be sure to discuss it with your loved one.
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3. Communication and Mood Swings
Depression can severely affect a person’s communication with others. If your loved one is avoiding social interactions or having trouble communicating their feelings, they may be suffering from depression. Mood swings can also be another symptom. Depressed individuals can become easily overwhelmed, hopeless, or irritable.
It’s important to listen attentively and non-judgmentally when your loved one seeks to communicate with you. Offer support and encourage open communication.
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4. Ways to Offer Support
Offering support to someone experiencing depression can be challenging, but it’s important to show them that you care. Listen to them and be patient. Encourage them to seek professional help from a therapist or mental health professional. You can also offer to accompany them to appointments or provide them with information about available resources.
Encourage your loved one to exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and practice relaxation techniques such as yoga. Above all, treat them with compassion, patience, and understanding.
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Depression can be challenging to identify, but recognizing the signs and symptoms can help you support your loved one. Changes in behavior, physical symptoms, communication, and mood swings are all warning signs to look out for. Encourage your loved one to seek professional help, offer them support and patience, and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Together, we can reduce the stigma around mental health and support those who are affected by it. #HEALTH