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Why You Should Talk to A Loved One About Depression

Posted on: Friday, June 12th, 2015

Depression affects both men and women, regardless of race, color, background, age, or social status. It can happen to anyone, and it may be happening to a loved one without you even knowing it.

Depression is not just about feeling sad or lonely. It can have serious effects on both the mind and the body, and no one should have to deal with it on their own. If you know someone who is struggling, there are many reasons why you should talk to him or her about it.

The biggest reason to talk about it is that it is a real illness, with real consequences. Suicide claims too many people’s lives every year in America and across the world. People who are depressed sometimes do not see a way out. Simply offering your support can help them feel that there is hope and you might give them a reason to keep going.

Being a nonjudgmental friend with a listening ear can make all the difference.

Another reason to talk about it is that many people will not seek help themselves. Depression is all too often seen as a sign of weakness, and it is difficult for some to face it for fear of being judged.

The reverse is actually true and the stigma that there is something “wrong” with someone when he or she is depressed is easily dismissed. Plenty of strong people suffer from depression out of no fault of their own and discussing the problem can help to give better understanding about the condition and provide relief.

At South Coast Mission, we want break the silence about depression. One should never feel ashamed for wanting to get help with depression, anxiety or any other difficulty.

Depression Symptoms – What To Look For

There are clues you can look for if you suspect your loved one is dealing with depression. These include loss of interest in everyday activities, irritability, reckless behavior, suicidal thoughts, spells of crying or frustration, and more. You are not alone in offering help to those you know who are suffering from depression.

We do encourage you to talk to a loved one about depression if you feel that they need help. It’s never too late to lend a helping hand. You can read an article about depression counseling to discover the benefits of working with an experienced counselor which may help even more.