Depression is a disease. It is a real medical condition. As such, even though those who do not have this problem feel that sufferers of this condition are to a certain extent exaggerating, the symptoms of those experiencing depression are quite real.
Life has its normal ups and downs. This means that people may at times feel sad or have the “blues,” if despair and emptiness have taken a hold of your life for extended periods of time, then you may have depression.
The symptoms of depression are widely believed to result from a combination of factors. This problem may result from genetic, environmental, biochemical or psychological factors. The medical community has expressed their belief that an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain causes depression.
The difference between a person who is just feeling sad as compared to a person who has a case of depression is that sad or depressed episodes can last for months or years.
Need For Support (From Friends and Loved Ones)
People who have depression may find it hard to function and enjoy life like did before. Just getting through the day can be a very difficult test. We need to remember that even though people with depression feel hopeless there is a way to get better. Understanding the signs and recognizing the symptoms is the first step to overcoming the problem.
Depression sufferers are in a vulnerable place. It is crucial that they find help. They desperately need people who are close to give them aid and support. It is crucial that they have a person that would help them in this time of crisis in their lives.
Need for Medical Attention
A person with depression needs medical assistance from a qualified professional. However the time spent by the patient with the doctor is only a short period of time. Granted that the one suffering depression needs medicine in order to get better, but it generally is better when another person close to the sick person is part of the treatment.
Treating depression sometimes involves drugs that have very strong side effects. If affects the emotional well-being of the person being treated. The support group has its job cut out for them. Medication and treatment should be administered under the doctor supervision. I believe this is crucial in the process of treatment is the support group keeping the depressed person from harm.
Taking care off and helping in the recovery of a depressed person is if I may say really a team sport.