I’m a Psychologist and here’s why spotting 2 of these signs in a loved one means you need to talk

Opening up about how we’re feeling can be difficult.

Many people can experience depression and it can manifest itself in different ways.

Depression can be difficult to cope with, both for the sufferer and those around them


Depression can be difficult to cope with, both for the sufferer and those around themPhoto credit: Getty

A psychologist explained that some depressed people may deny their problems and the impact they are having on those around them.

dr Robert Welss said many may not even realize that their behavior has changed.

He said even if they are aware, they can make excuses and tell lies to cover up why they are finding things difficult.

“Often they blame other people for their persistent bad mood,” he told Psychology Today.

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This can make them difficult to help, but he said there are ways you can intervene.

To do this, he said, you need to understand depression and all of the side effects that come with it.

These include:

  • Negative or hopeless prospects
  • Lose interest in the things you enjoy
  • isolation
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • eat badly
  • Feelings of shame and/or guilt
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Emotional outbursts such as anger or rage
  • Blaming others for personal problems
  • feel trapped
  • Unexplained pain and discomfort
  • mood swings
  • Drink alcohol or take drugs more often
  • feel like a burden

dr Wess added, “If you see more than one or two of these warning signs on a regular basis, you need to start a conversation about depression.

“If you’re uncomfortable having this one-on-one conversation, talk to family and friends and ask for their support.”

You should always call 999 in the UK if you think someone is in imminent danger and 911 in the US.

NHS talk therapies can help if you’re struggling with anxiety or depression.

Your GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself online in England at

If you need help with a mental crisis, emergency or breakdown, the NHS mental health helplines provide 24-hour advice and support for people of all ages.

However, it’s important to understand that when a loved one is struggling, you also need to make sure you support your own well-being.


A life is lost to suicide in the UK EVERY 90 minutes

It does not discriminate and touches the lives of people in all sectors of society – from the homeless and unemployed to construction workers and doctors, to reality stars and footballers.

It is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car accidents.

And men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Yet it’s rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage if we don’t all stop now and take notice.

That’s why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The goal is that we can all do our part to save lives by providing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health.

Let us all pledge to ask for help when we need it and to listen to others…You are not alone.

If you or someone you know needs help coping with mental health issues, the following organizations offer support:

Whether or not you suffer from depression or anxiety, taking care of your own mental health is important, especially if you want to be able to support those you love.

Not sure where to start?

Try these six healthy habits to support your mental well-being:

1. Do activities that give you meaning and purpose

This can be learning a new skill, accepting a challenge, or helping someone else.

2. Spend time with people who make you feel positive

Taking the time to catch up regularly and restore relationships that may have drifted during lockdown and the absence of people is important for your mental health.

3. In difficult times, talk to people you trust

Confiding in someone about an issue that is bothering you can help you stay sane.

It’s not a sign of emotional weakness—taking someone else’s perspective can help you see a situation in a new light.

4. Increase physical activity

Exercise not only promotes physical health, but also strengthens self-esteem and positively changes mood.

5. Support others in bad times

Research suggests that having a partner support us also creates positive feelings within ourselves, giving us a sense of purpose and self-worth.

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6. Speak to a doctor if necessary

We all have times when we’re in a bad mood, but when the feelings persist and start interfering with your life, it could be a sign it’s time to call in an expert.

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