If a close friend or family member is struggling with depression, you may wonder if they are actually depressed or if they are just going through a temporary hard time. The symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but some of the most common include:
- Feelings of emptiness, sadness, and loneliness
- Irritability, frustration, and angry outbursts
- Loss of interest or enjoyment in previously enjoyed activities
- Reduced appetite or increased cravings for food
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- Changes in sleeping patterns, including sleeping too much or insomnia
- Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
- Unexplained physical issues, such as back pain or headaches
Learning the symptoms of depression is a good place to start if you want to help a struggling loved one. If you suspect that your loved one is depressed, start by talking to them and tell them why you are concerned.
Explain to your loved one that depression is not a personal weakness or flaw but is a medical condition that typically improves with treatment. You may also want to suggest that your loved one see a professional and offer to help them prepare for their appointment.
It can be hard to watch a loved one deal with the symptoms of depression, but with the right combination of treatment, improvement can be made. Dr. James Campbell can help your loved one work through this mental illness and is also here to provide you with mental health treatment if you ever experience anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue. Contact the office of Dr. James Campbell, LLC today to get started.