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Talking About Depression
Depression can be a frightening disorder and getting support for it is an important part of coping. You may feel alone, helpless, even worthless. It’s hard to explain to others exactly what you’re going through and why you can’t just snap out of your sadness. However, opening up to your loved ones will make it easier for them to help you and provide support for your depression symptoms.
There are several reasons why talking about depression with your loved ones is both necessary and helpful. For people who have never experienced depression, it can be hard to understand. Family members, particularly children, may perceive the effects of your depression as indifference or irritability and not knowing the real cause of your mood, may blame themselves.
Explaining your condition and depression symptoms can help them understand the reasons for how you’ve been feeling and acting. They’ll be more able to recognize your depressive episodes and support you through them.
Being open about depression symptoms can also help remove some of the stigma attached to mental illness – that it’s a weakness or can be overcome with positive thinking. Openness about depression and your willingness to receive treatment may encourage family members or other people you know to do the same if they become depressed.
However, sharing with family members is not without some risk-some people may not be all that welcoming of the idea. It may be that they simply don’t understand that depression is a medical condition and can’t be controlled without treatment. At worst, some family members may say that it is just laziness or a lack of faith.
You exercise some judgment when deciding whom to share with. Ask yourself if that person is likely to be receptive to the conversation and offer the support for depression that you need.
It might not be easy for you to start openly talking about depression, but be honest about your feelings and explain the emotions you’re experiencing.
Many people don’t know much about depression. Help your loved ones understand what it is, how it happens and how you’re dealing with depression, including the types of treatments you’re undergoing. Provide them with educational materials that describe depression symptoms and what it’s like to live with depression.
Your friends and family probably want to help you, but they may not know how. Let them know what kind of support for depression will be most meaningful for you, such as going with you to doctor appointments or spending time with you when you’re feeling lonely and sad.
Depression can add strain to even the closest relationships – with friends, family members and your romantic partner. Your depression symptoms may cause you to withdraw and pull away from loved ones. Instead, try reaching out when you need their support for depression the most.
To maintain healthy relationships when dealing with depression, remember to:
1) Help your loved ones learn more about depression symptoms and treatments.
2) Make time to spend with loved ones and remember to ask them about what’s going on in their lives and how they’re feeling.
3) Find quiet time to spend with your spouse or partner to relax, talk, and enjoy each other’s company.
4) Meet with a therapist and talk about your relationships. Your therapist can help you learn how to talk about any issues or concerns in a relationship and move past them.
Even though you may feel alone when you’re dealing with depression, you can reach out to your loved ones for support. Don’t shut them out-make working on your relationships part of your depression treatment.
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