Getting Help For Depression: The First Step To Take
Needless to say, getting help for depression is the most important thing to do immediately after a person has been found to be depressed. This is because, depression, if not given urgent attention, may lead to very terrible consequences, such as suicide. So, you can now see the reason why it is very important to help someone out immediately you find out that he or she is depressed. One very important fact worthy of note is that a depressed person will most likely not know that he or she is depressed. So, it usually takes another observant individual to tell this.
First of all, you would agree with me that you need to know the symptoms of an abnormal condition before you can identify a case when you see one.
For this reason, I will give a brief definition of depression. Depression can be defined as a state of abnormally prolonged and unshakeable sadness (which may be due to known or unknown reasons) characterized by loss of interest in almost all activities in general. From this definition, you can now tell if a person is depressed or not.
When you see a friend or relative, who suddenly goes moody at some point in time, would not interact with others, would not eat and would always prefer isolation, I’m sure you will not nurse doubts over the fact that such a person is depressed and needs urgent attention. So, now that you can tell if a person is depressed, how would you help such a person out? What is the first step to take in the quest for a lasting solution to this problem?
Before considering any of the depression treatment options available, it is very important that you try as much as possible to figure out the reason why the person is depressed in the first place. Did he or she just lose a loved one? Was he or she just laid off from his or her place of work? Did he or she suffer a heart-break recently? Did she just put to bed? Getting the right answer to this question (about the cause) is a giant stride towards getting a solution to the problem. In other words, once you have been able to find out the cause of depression in the affected fellow, then the solution is near. Of course, you will agree with me that the best approach to solving a problem is to know the cause of the problem. So, why should this be an exception?
After knowing the reason why a person is feeling depressed, then the next approach is to seek the most appropriate treatment method for getting help for depression. At this point, the golden piece of advice I will give is that the depressed person be taken to a psychotherapist and if need be, a medical doctor. While the former uses his expertise to help the patient re-assume a normal, healthy lifestyle without the use of medication, the latter may be required to prescribe some anti-depressant drugs in very severe cases of depression.