A PSYCHOLOGIST has revealed five things people with depression want their friends and family to know.
Depression affects around five per cent of the population, including in the UK.
But over the course of a lifetime, 19 per cent of adults say they have been diagnosed at some point.
And even on days that they look fine or even happy, they may be battling a war in their mind.
Dr Julie Smith, a psychologist from Hampshire, Inglaterra, educates on mental health on social media.
Ante todo, El Dr. Smith dijo: “Depression is not a choice, and they can’t just snap out of it.”
Aquí, the expert is suggesting to refrain from saying things to a person with depression that insinuates their mental illness is something they can change.
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Por ejemplo, suggesting a person can make themselves better by just “thinking more positively”, or to “go for a walk”.
Depression usually needs treatment through medication and counselling, while self-help, such as exercise, may be suggested by doctors as a way to help mild depression.
Dr Smith goes on: “When they take days to answer a text or keep cancelling plans at the last minute, it’s nothing you did wrong.
“The conflict is not with you, it is with themselves.”
It can feel hurtful if a friend with depression has become distant, and leave you wondering if they even care about you anymore.
But Dr Smith, a bestselling author, reassures that it is nothing personal.
The worst thing to do is get angry or start a conflict. En lugar de, send a loving message to say you understand, are there for that person, or are happy to give them space.
Dr Smith’s third bit of advice suggests that it’s a bad idea to ever say to someone, “what have you even got to be depressed about?"
Ella dijo: “The reasons for depression can’t always be seen, but not knowing the reason does not make that depression any less valid”.
Sometimes a major life event, like a death, may cause someone to slip into depression.
But very often there is no obvious cause. Depression can run in families, por ejemplo.
Day-to-day, depression can make life difficult – even getting up in the morning, staying clean or eating food may be too hard to deal with.
El Dr. Smith dijo: “You might think that person is not trying hard enough, and that’s because when you’re depressed, even the simplest of tasks feel like a mountain to climb.”
Finalmente, Dr Smith’s most important piece of information, es: “They’re still the same person and going through hell right now, and they may need you more than ever.”