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5 Things to Do When a Loved One Shows Signs of Depression

5 Things to Do When a Loved One Shows Signs of Depression

Just because you can’t actually see, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. This can be applicable to ghosts, spirits, or anything that screams paranormal. But did you know that it can also refer to mental illness? Even until now, some people still claim mental illness is a ‘myth’ because you can’t exactly measure it with a thermometer. There’s still a taboo on mental illness. Fortunately, more and more campaigns and projects are being launched to raise awareness of mental illnesses and how it should be given equal importance as the diseases we face today. If you think that a loved one is showing signs of depression, here are five things that you can do:

  • Break the stigma

    Even though we’ve read it on a newspaper or online, we still sometimes refuse to acknowledge the manifestation of a mental illness in someone. As mentioned before, there’s still a stigma surrounding it, and are still hidden behind cupped hands and talked about in hushed whispers. If you think a loved one might be showing several signs, don’t be afraid to tell them about what you know in a supportive tone. Talking and caring about these issues are ways of breaking the stigma.

  • Listen to what they aren’t saying

    In other words, look at their actions. Does their “I’m fine, really” contradict their facial expression or movement? It can be hard to do this. Some professionals still have a hard time determining what exactly the universal signs of mental illnesses are since it’s different for everybody. Just take note whenever they’re doing something they don’t usually do or don’t do something they usually do.

  • Seek for professional help

    Make an appointment with a doctor and express your concerns. Tell them about the signs your loved one has shown and what you might think it would indicate. It’s also good to brush up on your family’s medical history, especially your loved one’s medical history.

  • Let your loved one speak

    Have a talk with your loved one and express your concerns regarding your observations. A lot of people have different reactions when people take notice of what they’re going through. Others might get angry, sad, or neutral. They’re going through a lot and they’re as confused as you are, so make sure to broach the subject gently.

  • Make your support clear

    Whether you’re right or wrong in your observations, make sure to show your support clearly. They might have been acting unusual for the past few weeks because they’re going through something they don’t want to talk about. But when they finally do, make sure to lend an ear or anything that you think might give them comfort and reassurance.

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