The impacts of depression on someone you love can be both concerning and baffling, particularly if you’ve never experienced it. Knowing how to help – and what not to do – will ensure that your loved one gets the support they need.
Depression is a common but serious mental health condition that impacts mood and motivation. People struggling with depression often report negative thoughts, behaviours, and feelings that interfere with their daily lives, and may even lead to suicidal tendencies.
Causes of depression vary, but are thought to be related to biological differences in the brain, as well as changes in levels of hormones and neurotransmitters — chemicals which play a role in mood regulation. Studies have also shown depression to be genetically linked, with the likelihood of experiencing depression increasing if it is also present in blood relatives.
People struggling with depression often need to seek treatment in order to find some relief from their symptoms and learn how to manage this condition. Friends and loved ones of people with depression should understand that depression is not a choice or a sign of weak will or lack of motivation, but a chronic mental health condition that requires professional care.
Supporting Someone with Depression
If you know someone who struggles with depression, it can be difficult to know what to say or do to help. Your loved one may be deeply sad or irritable, antisocial, and even have trouble getting out of bed or doing basic daily tasks. Support during these periods should be characterised by compassion and recognition of depression as a chronic condition.
You can start by simply telling your loved one that you love them and that you’re there to help in whatever way you can. This could be by simply listening, offering a hug, or helping do basic tasks around the house like washing dishes or doing laundry. It may also be helpful to gently check in with them to see if they can identify anything that might make them feel better, such as taking a walk or eating a home-cooked meal.
If the depression is lasting for a long period of time, is severe, or is accompanied by thoughts of suicide, this is the time to seek professional help.
Overcoming Depression at The Dawn
There is hope for people dealing with depression. At our depression retreat at The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab, our clinical team has years of experience counselling and treating people living with depression. Our customised Mental Wellness Programme is tailored to meet our clients’ specific needs and will help them feel better almost immediately, gain a deeper understanding of their symptoms, and learn skills to manage their condition.
Treatment at a Depression Retreat in Thailand
Located in a lush, riverside setting just outside the beautiful city of Chiang Mai, The Dawn offers a safe, serene environment for those struggling with depression. With no more than 35 residents at a time, clients benefit from a highly personal and focused treatment experience. Far away from the stressors of home, you’ll be able to concentrate solely on your health and wellbeing with the support of our experienced team of mental health professionals.
Tomorrow can be a better day. Call The Dawn to learn more about how we can help you.