What is depression?

Depression is one of the most common mood disorders. Persistent low mood and entanglement of negative thoughts are the main symptoms of depression, and severe cases are more likely to commit suicide. These symptoms are likely to interfere with daily life, from general social and family relationships to school and work performance.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Although sadness, disappointment, sadness and other emotions are all normal reactions that people will have when they encounter unpleasant things. But as mentioned above, when all kinds of negative emotions affect the operation of daily life, you should face the possibility of suffering from depression and seek professional help as soon as possible.
Main symptoms of depression:

Emotional
• Persistent low mood, eg sadness
• Excessive guilt, becoming cranky or irritable

Behavioural
• Give up things you used to enjoy doing, can’t enjoy life
• Become sluggish, excessively silent or restless
• Frowning, crying
• Away from others
• Self-harm, plan or attempt suicide, such as writing a suicide note, or taking a loved one Items forwarded to others

Thoughts
• Excessive self-blame, self-deprecation, low self-esteem
• Slow thinking, inability to concentrate or indecision
• Believing you are powerless, no one will help, loss of hope
• Suicidal thoughts

Physical
• Tiredness, loss of energy
• Great loss or increase in appetite, significant weight change
• Difficulty sleeping or lethargy

How to deal with depression?

If, after reading the above symptoms, you find or suspect that you are suffering from depression, the following suggestions may help you alleviate the symptoms:
• If you encounter unpleasant things, you can share more with the people around you, and don’t “pull over your body”.
• Depression often makes people feel tired, but don’t oversleep (more than 12 hours of sleep) because of this, and stick to a regular daily routine.
• Leisure activities such as exercising, walking, reading, listening to music can help regulate your mood.

If depressive symptoms persist, professional help should be sought:
• Medication – may help improve mood-affecting serotonin production in the brain, thereby improving depressive symptoms.
• Psychological Counseling – Professional psychological counseling can also be effective in treating depression. Many studies have shown that about four to eight sessions of psychological counseling can help relieve the symptoms of depression.

If my friend has depression, how can I help him?

• Pay attention to the symptoms of depression: often frowning, insomnia and crying for no reason can be paid more attention.
• Don’t think of depression as ‘self-defeating’: just as the symptoms of aches, fever, etc. are caused by illness, the same is true of depression. When outsiders put the labels that people with depression are “unintentional to change”, “self-inflicted”, etc., the depression will only get worse, and the kind-hearted help others become harmful.
• Encourage patients to seek professional help: Patient listening, non-judgmental consideration and support are the best responses to those suffering from depression, and after this, patients may also be encouraged to seek professional help to seek treatment options.
• Take care of yourself: Supporting emotionally ill patients is not an overnight thing. As a friend or caregiver, you can be a role model and take good care of yourself. You need adequate care both physically and mentally, because only by taking care of yourself can you have more space and strength to carry the joys and sorrows of others.