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- Here's how to approach someone who seems depressed but is in denial about it or refuses to get medical help:
- Concerns about symptoms of depression should always be taken seriously. Depression causes significant disabilities and problems of many different kinds:
- First, tell someone close to you rather than keeping suicidal thoughts to yourself. You may be reluctant to "burden" a loved one, but people who are suicidal and share their feelings with others are much less likely to go through with it. The real "burden" comes from committing suicide and leaving loved...
- If you don't know the person well:
- No, it's not normal to develop depression as one gets older. Depression is all too common, but it's never normal. Depression is an illness.
- You might expect that extroverts would want to be around other people while they grieve. But even the most gregarious extroverts have been known to bow out of social situations while they're mourning. This is considered a normal response to grief, especially in the initial months after a loss.
- In a word, yes. A lot of people don't like to admit that, in the aftermath of their loss, they wish they could end their own life, but that just might be the most undocumented response to grief.
- Depression is an illness, whereas sadness is an emotion. Sadness is a part of the human experience for everyone. It's usually triggered by a loss or the memory of a loss. If one takes time to experience the feeling rather than ignore it, it will usually gradually dissipate...
- A mood is a feeling, whereas a depression is a chronic illness. Neither feels good, and both can seem to go on and on -- a mood can persist for hours or days. But depression lasts even longer and is physically harmful.
- Depression is a physical illness. Burnout is an emotional fatigue triggered by ongoing and severe stress. Burnout can definitely lead to depression, though, so it's important to pay attention to it.
- It's possible for someone to function in everyday life despite having depression, because depression is an illness that has a range of severity. Those who have a relatively mild form of depression may feel unhappy, have difficulty experiencing joy, and have a number of physiologic effects, but these...
- Yes, it's possible to treat depression with medication only, in some cases -- however, almost every study done highlights that the most effective treatment is a combination of antidepressant medication and talk therapy.
- Here's how to find a therapist to treat depression:
- If the depression is causing someone to be socially withdrawn, dysfunctional to the point that he or she can't work or do basic household chores, and the person is talking or thinking about suicide, that's clearly severe. If, despite a lack of joy and in spite of having the physiological symptoms of...
- No, depression isn't a normal part of menopause. Depression, although all too common, is never normal. Depression is an illness.
- Grief is a normal emotional response to a loss. Depression, too, can be triggered by a loss (as well as other stressors), but it's a physical illness and therefore not a normal condition. Here's how they compare:
- Before you do anything else, it is important for you to talk to your father about his behavior, and it's effect on you. He may be elderly and unhappy, but that does not give him the right to abuse you. Unless he is suffering from some type of mental illness, there is absolutely no excuse for his behavior, and you should not tolerate it...
- Panic attacks are are the sudden onset of severe anxiety associated with a number of physical symptoms. The most common associated symptoms are sweating, shortness of breath, heart pounding, dizziness and chest pain. They are very frightening, and, if you are experiencing panic attacks, you may end...
- It is difficult to provide care for a relative who lives far away. From what you have said, I suspect your brother has had mental health issues most of his life; his tendency to isolate himself socially and to look at "life from a different angle" and seclusive nature indicate that he may always have...
- There's no single "best" antidepressant. The doctor prescribes what seems like the most appropriate antidepressant for a specific situation, set of symptoms, and health history.
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