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How to Help Someone with Depression, Anxiety and Suicidal Thoughts

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Introduction

Suppose you or someone you know suddenly lose interest in the things they used to like, have trouble sleeping, or sleep excessively.

In that case, there is a significant probability that they are suffering from depression. Sleeping overly is another symptom of depression.

Depression may come on slowly or suddenly, depending on the person.

Most people who have been depressed for more than two weeks suffer from the illness. Remembering this is the utmost essential component of the puzzle.

On the other hand, depression is treatable to a significant degree.

More than 7% of the US population suffers from clinically significant depression. Sadly, the vast majority of those who are suffering are unaware that they need support and do not seek it out.

For the most part, the reasons for not seeking treatment are related to a lack of insurance, a lack of money, or a belief that a problem is a made-up one by their family and friends.

This is especially upsetting because depression is an illness that may be diagnosed and treated in some people. As a human, you can heal yourself if you want to seek help.

Even money can't stop you from making your dreams a reality. Regardless of your financial situation, several places can aid you. You'll be pleased you decided to do this.

It's possible to aid a friend or family member who is depressed without feeling like you're walking on eggshells.

One of the most devastating effects of depression on a person's health and well-being is destroying one's relationships.

Being a good friend isn't easy when you don't understand why someone is sad and how they can't simply cure it on their own.

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Listen

Listen attentively when a sad person expresses their feelings to you. Let them deal with their issues, and don't try to help them. Make eye contact with them, gently touch their hand or shoulder to signal that you're listening, and paraphrase what they've just said.

Show That You Care

As long as the person you're with isn't showing signs of depression, it's OK to display your emotions. If your buddy is suicidal, you may need to call a professional to convey that you care. Allow yourself to be despised to provide them with the assistance they need.

Don't Criticize

If you want to make someone's depression worse, don't criticize them. There is no doubt in my mind that they already have poor self-esteem. Tough love or honesty of that kind is not appropriate at this time. You don't have to be anything but supportive of them.

Don't Give Ultimatums

Threatening and issuing ultimatums may be attractive when dealing with a spouse or a kid. However, doing so may exacerbate the situation. Sad people are less likely to comply with your requests since they cannot make sound judgments in various conditions. On the contrary, they're more prone to distance themselves from you.

Learn to empathize with their suffering

A person with depression is no different from someone who has diabetes or cancer in this regard. Their anguish is all too genuine. There is truth to their emotions. They are powerless to stop this from happening to them; there is nothing they can do about it. If given a chance, they would carry it out.

Keep your opinions to yourself

Because you lack the training and expertise of a professional therapist, you should keep your suggestions for treating depression to yourself. Rather than telling them what to do, invite them to join you for a workout and encourage them to eat healthily.

Don't Say That You Understand

Avoid saying you know what it's like to be depressed, even if you have. Because they won't be ready to hear it until after they've been in treatment, avoid making it all about you.

Depression is a disease that you should learn about

Watching documentaries and reading books on depression will help you understand as much as possible about the warning symptoms of depression so that you can seek outside assistance for a friend or family member who is suffering from it.

How to Practice Self Discipline

  • How to Practice Self Discipline
    Self-discipline is the most important ingredient in achieving success. It's what keeps us studying when we'd rather have fun.

To Sum it Up

Finally, if you're worried about the safety of a loved one, make a list of all the phone numbers you need to contact to receive expert assistance.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Sam Maiyaki

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