WHEN was the last time you checked in with a spouse you consider a bit withdrawn, or a family member who doesn’t seem like you at all?
Finding out when someone you love is having a hard time can be difficult, even if you see them every day.
But for Green Monday (January 17), we are all encouraged to sit down, have a cup of tea and have a nice chat with someone, to find out how they really are doing.
However, not everyone feels able to share what they are going through, so know symptoms of depression can be really important when it comes to showing and supporting a loved one.
Here are six key signs that someone may be struggling…
1. FEEL GREEN
When it comes to depression, persistently low mood may be the first potential symptom you’ll spot in a loved one.
They appear withdrawn, quiet and often sad, are likely to be less emotional than usual, and less communicative.
2. CANNOT GO
If your loved one is finding it difficult to cope with parts of daily life, it could be a sign they need some mental health support.
Daily tasks — be it going to work, laundry, dinner (let alone work) — can feel more difficult, possibly insurmountable, for people with depression.
They may even begin to speak and move more slowly, feel weighed down by apathy, and have no motivation to do anything, even the things they love.
3. THROUGH LOVE.
The NHS says a key symptom of depression is “not getting any enjoyment out of life,” and a loss or lack of interest, especially in things that the average person likes and dislikes. expect, can be a real red sign.
Admittedly, Covid has significantly crammed our social lives, but if your friends or loved ones opt out of the activities they were the first to organize, maybe drinks. at the pub or a walk in the park, or if they seem to have given up hobbies or friends, they may be struggling with their mental health.
4. FEEL OF IRRITABLE
Sniped and captured? Or notice your loved one is more erratic or irritable than usual?
If this behavior doesn’t suit your friends or family members, rather than immediately turning around or walking away (as you might want), it could be a sign that they’re not feeling well. and may need someone to talk to – you and/or an expert.
5. Brokerage Habits
We’ve all had to adjust to changing our habits thanks to the pandemic.
Between working from home, going to school, locking the door, and self-isolating, many of us have habits like no other, but for some, changes in behavior can be a sign. of depression.
Some people with depression experience food cravings and weight changes, they have disrupted sleep, or they drop hobbies and withdraw from social circles.
6. MIRROR MIRROR.
If your loved one is feeling depressed, they may also start to lose interest in how they look.
They may say there’s ‘no use’ to trying or trying to look their best, or putting themselves down because of low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.
Need to know
NHS talk therapies can be helpful if you are struggling to cope with feelings of anxiety or depression.
Your GP can refer you or in the UK you can refer yourself online via nhs.uk/talk.
If you need help with a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, the NHS mental health helpline provides 24-hour advice and support for people of all ages. .
Find your local NHS mental health emergency helpline via nhs.uk/urgentmentalhealth (UK only).
If someone’s life is at risk or they cannot be kept safe, call 999.
How to help someone with depression:
- Assure them that you can seek help and assist them in doing so. Avoid pressuring them – let them go at their own pace
- Stay in touch with them – we don’t mean to follow them, just sign up so they know you’re there and always around to chat and listen
- Being open about mental health – talking helps reduce stigma
Remember to support your own mental health
Whether or not you have a history of depression or anxiety, it’s important to take care of your mental health, especially if you want to be in a position to support those you love.
Not sure where to start?
Try the ‘Movember Six’ healthy habits to support your mental health, from men’s health charity (au.movember.com):
1. Do activities that give you purpose and meaning
This could be learning a new skill, taking on a challenge, or helping others.
2. Spend time with people who make you feel positive
It’s important for your mental health to take the time to catch up and re-establish relationships that have passed during the stalemate.
3. Talk to people you trust when times get tough
Talking to someone about an issue that bothers you can help keep you mentally healthy.
It’s not a sign of emotional weakness – seeing the other person’s point of view can help you see the situation in a new light.
4. Increase physical activity
Exercise is not only beneficial for your physical health, but it also boosts your self-esteem and positively changes your mood.
5. Support others in bad times
Research shows that helping our partner also creates positive emotions within us and gives us a sense of purpose and self-worth.
6. Talk to a medical professional when you need to
We all have low moods, but if the emotions don’t go away and start to get in the way of your life, it could be a sign that it’s time to call in a professional.
Contact with the Samaritans
If you are affected by any of the issues outlined in this article, contact The Samaritans on 116 123.
They are available for free at any time.
Or email https://www.samaritans.org/
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8218331/blue-monday-the-6-symptoms-of-depression-you-must-never-ignore/ 6 Symptoms of Depression You Should NEVER Ignore