depression_obsessive_compulsive1Depression is a horrible condition that many individuals suffer from on a daily basis. There is no easy way out of a situation in where you feel hopeless and sometimes suicidal. There are many ways to help others who suffer with the same condition but it is first important to realize what the symptoms are and how to do with them when you see them impacting you or a loved one’s life.

It is important to be able to see the warning signs and symptoms of someone who may be fighting depression. If you can catch the signs you may be able to help them more quickly.

  • Lack of concentration and ability to make decisions.
  • Tiredness and decreased energy.
  • Severe pessimism or hopeless feelings.
  • Unable to sleep, restlessness and irritability.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Physical pains such as leg pains, headaches, and cramps.
  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Consistent sad and anxious feelings.

Many people often question the reason they are depressed and do not understand why. Sometimes it is a certain event that triggers it such as a death of a loved one or the loss of a job. Sometimes there is no trigger, it simply happens but it is very rare. Depression as well as other mental illnesses can be hereditary. If someone in your immediate family also suffers from depression your chances are much greater. If you are addicted to any type of drugs or alcohol it is also more common for you to feel depressed. Or you may use alcohol or drugs to cover up your depression. This is not a healthy way to handle depression and is often called “self-medicating.”

Many people turn to spiritual means to help them through their depression and despair and have found it helpful. If you are a religious person then you should seek help in your church. This will help you to find a new found meaning for life and hope. Go to your local spiritual leader and ask him/her if they can recommend a program that will help you through your troubling times. Many people have found this to be extremely helpful and have even overcame years of alcoholism.

If you or someone you love suffers from depression you should take it very seriously. It has the potential to destroy lives. If you catch it soon enough you might be able to save one. Talk to your loved one, keep the lines of communication open and make sure you stay in close contact. Even just a little bit of contact can make a huge difference. Make sure you also suggest that your friend or loved one seeks out therapy as soon as possible. This could literally be what saves their life.