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Mental health. Signs and symptoms of depression. How might counselling help someone with Depression?

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DEPRESSION What is depression? Depression is different from feeling down or sad. Unhappiness is something which everyone feels at some time or another, usually due to a particular cause. A person suffering from depression will experience intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness, negativity, and helplessness, and the feelings stay with them instead of going away. Depression can happen to anyone. Many famous people, who seem to have everything going for them, battle with this health problem. Depression isn't fussy it can affect anyone, doesn't discriminated! Some depression runs in families. Researchers believe that it is possible to inherit a tendency to get depression. This seems to be especially true for bipolar and major depression disorders, but it can also develop in people who have no family history of depression. Due to stresses at work, home or at school. Either way major depressive disorder is often associated with changes in brain structures or brain function Half of the people who suffer with depression will only experience it once but for the other half they will suffer with it again. The length of time that it takes to recover ranges from around 6 months to a year or even more. Signs and symptoms of depression The following are the most common symptoms of depression.

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In a way, it has been a loss, if the depressed person is no longer participating in conversations, celebrations and day-to-day activities, or if she seems to have become a different person entirely. Family members begin to mourn the loss of the person they remember, and grieve for that person. Acceptance 7. There comes a time when a family simply accepts the changes that have taken place in a depressed person, for better or for worse. If a family simply gives up, becomes distant, and ignores the depressed person's behaviour, the depression may go on for years, and continue worsening. The rift in the family defeated by depression may be irreparable. If, however, a family accepts that they can not do anything further for their depressed loved one and is successful in getting that loved one treatment, then the chance of the situation improving will increase How might counselling help someone with Depression? Counselling can help people to understand the underlying causes for their Depression such as earlier life events which may affect how you view yourself, or identifying patterns of behaviour which may add to the Depression. Counselling can help people to understand their own expectations of themselves which may be unrealistic or difficult to maintain and to find alternative ways of dealing with life's challenges.

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Gather friends and family together in a place where the subject of the intervention will feel comfortable and safe. This person should be assured by everyone there that their primary concern and motivation is their well-being. In order them to realize that they needs help, it may be useful for them to be told how their condition has affected those around them; a depressed person has often not considered how their behaviour and/or mental state has affected their loved ones. Make options readily available for the subject of the intervention to pursue treatment; for example, the person should be provided with a list of therapists who specialize in depression or a list of depression treatment centres and friends and family should offer help in making an appointment or setting up a treatment stay. Maintain a positive, calm approach to however the subject reacts to the intervention. Getting excited, fighting, or yelling can escalate tensions and take away from the goal of the intervention---to help a depressed loved one see that she needs help. If the subject rejects the advice and support being offered or is defensive, friends and family should be calm and measured in their response and continue to be clear in both the fact that they believe the person is in serious need of treatment, but also that they love them unconditionally. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1

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