It can be hard to understand why someone changes. Typically, we want to assume that it’s just the blues, and will pass like everything else. Clinical depression isn’t like this. It won’t pass unless we get the help we need and deserve. Sometimes, it can be difficult when depression happens to someone we love. We need to make sure that we understand depression, and what we can do to help.
First of all, I know depressed people can be hard to live with. People get grouchy, and mean when they aren’t happy. Someone suffering from depression can really make you feel like you’ve done something wrong, but it’s not you, it’s the illness. If your friend was diagnosed with Diabetes or Cancer, I’m sure you’d want to be supportive. Depression claims victims in much the same way as well. Clinical depression can be genetic, but it’s often set off by a traumatic event, or a loss.
Our experiences do effect our brain chemistry, and the way we process emotions. If we’d like to keep our children safe from depression, we need to make sure they aren’t facing trauma. This includes the way they are treated at school. Bullying is a very serious problem, which can lead to serious depression. It’s important that we keep in close communication with our children, that way we know nothing’s going wrong.
To understand depression, we also need to understand the treatment of depression. Most depressed adults get placed on SSRI, or Re uptake inhibitors. These help the body hold on to serotonin, which is the feel good chemical in our brain. It doesn’t help produce more, it just makes the serotonin that we do produce last longer. Many people don’t understand depression, and can be judgmental to those who suffer from it. This can create a guilty feeling for those who suffer from it. They might wonder why they can’t be happy like everyone else, and feel like it’s their fault that they aren’t. I know you don’t want to reinforce this attitude, that’s why it’s your lob to stay informed. Depression can make it tough to function. Many people who are depressed lose their job, and often have trouble keeping relationships. That’s why, if you think you might be suffering from it, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. The faster you get it treated, the less impact it will have on your life. They’re many other psychological disorders besides depression. You need to speak with a doctor to make sure depression is your problem. It doesn’t have to be a psychiatrist, as psychologist can identify this as well. Once you seek the proper diagnosis, you can get the right treatment.
I hope this has helped you understand depression a little better. It’s hard to imagine what someone with depression is going through. To put it in one word, I’d probably have to say hell. Depression’s difficult to live with, but completely treatable.