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7 Signs a Family Member Is Dealing With Depression November 10, 2016

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7 Signs a Family Member Is Dealing With Depression, Lincoln, Nebraska

The process of depression is often insidious. But if it has taken control of a loved one, you can recognize the signs and talk to them about it in a compassionate manner. You can’t “fix” a person with advice or coerce them into anything, but you can support them in seeking help themselves.

Nebraska Mental Health Centers, a team of mental health professionals in Lincoln, NE, explain some of the signs that a person is depressed:

  • Lost Interest In Pleasurable Activities: A depressed person may no longer seem to enjoy activities they used to love or stop doing them entirely.

  • depressionSocial Alienation: To a depressed person, simply responding to someone’s questions or interacting in any way is a chore. They may feel overwhelmed by socializing and sequester themselves away from everyone else.

  • Irritability: Your loved one may snap at you or take offense at comments they would have never minded before. They may also complain more often about bodily aches and pains.

  • General Bleakness: Being depressed is not the same as being sad. While sadness is an emotion, depression is an all-encompassing state of low energy, which in part manifests as hopelessness, apathy, and self-destruction. If your loved one seems enmeshed in negative emotions or appears to feel nothing at times, it may be a sign of depression.

  • Lack Of Energy: This can manifest itself in many ways. One common way is oversleeping or sleeping until the afternoon or later. Depression sufferers may also sleep poorly and only get a few hours before work. In either case, they will feel drained and tired most of the time. Some depressed people can’t move out of bed for hours.

  • Weight Fluctuation: Your loved one may gain or lose a significant amount of weight as a result of their depression, as they may eat uncontrollably or not have the energy to eat at all.

  • Drug Abuse: Sometimes, a depressed person may abuse alcohol or drugs, including prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

If this is happening to a loved one, be a compassionate, non-judgmental listener and fully support their efforts to find help with this mental illness. To talk to someone from Nebraska Mental Health Centers, you can reach them at (402) 483-6990. For more information, visit their website.

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