Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Depression…It Really Is the Pits

People in an episode of major depression often compare it to something like being in a deep hole, so deep that it’s extremely difficult to climb out of the dark mood they’re in. Left on their own to find their way out of their misery, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Their illness will prevent that from happening. Untreated depression seems to lead in only one direction--downward.

Someone in the clutches of deep depression is not thinking positively. Instead, they are often so down on themselves that they may be convinced that there is nothing they can do to lift them out of their depression. They may even believe that they don’t deserve to feel better, perhaps concluding that they are so broken that nothing can fix them. And, if left on their own, it’s possible nothing will. Clinical depression just doesn’t seem to go away with time. Unfortunately, it often gets worse…much worse. Sometimes, untreated depression can be a killer.

If your loved one is in the pits of deep depression, it may be time for you to give them a boost up. Remember, their illness is not going to go away on its own and it’s possibly going to get worse. Don’t delay. A compassionate companion, family member or caregiver is in the best position to take action if their loved one is going to receive the attention and care they need. Taking appropriate action is what successful companions always do.

Help your loved one climb up and out of the pits of depression, and back into healthy recovery and eventual joy. If you don’t know what to do, find out. There are answers to your questions. Ask them. Do it. Take action now.

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