When a friend or family member is depressed, everyone around that person struggles, too. If you suspect that someone you know may be depressed, there are ways you may be able to help. Keep in mind, however, that depression is a real illness that does not change in a single conversation. Depressed individuals cannot “snap out of it,” nor are they capable of taking control of their negative feelings.
If you or a loved one is depressed, seek medical attention quickly. Identifying and treating depression early is key to improving the chances of a swift recovery. Even minor depressive disorder can quickly evolve into major depressive disorder and depression is a completely treatable and manageable mental illness. Depending on the type and extent of depression diagnosed, a doctor may prescribe antidepressant medications, therapy or other treatment methods to help address the problem and improve symptoms. Family and individual counseling may also provide relief for certain depression symptoms. [Read more...]