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Dealing With Depression, Part 2
Health & Fitness
So, those of you who follow me on here have seen my other two tips, dealing with depression and helping a loved one with depression. This is going to be a mix of the both with some added information. I've said before, I am not a professional, but I have researched a lot, and made it a big point in my life to help people struggling as much as possible! So hopefully this helps some people out!
It is hard to see a friend/family member struggle with depression, it really takes a tole on you. I've had a lot of questions about this so that's what I'll start with.
First, I was asked what should you do if you know your friend is self harming, struggling or thinking about suicide but they've asked you not to tell anyone.
This is a hard thing to address. Because you feel like if you tell someone they will hate you. So first, be there shoulder, if they trust you enough to tell you these things that is great, but if you feel that they may really hurt themselves, you need to tell someone that can help them. They may be mad at you at first , but if you don't and they hurt themselves or even worse, kill them selves it will be much worse. In the long run....
... They will thank you for loving them enough to help them the only way you know how.
Here are a few more tips for helping with those loved ones who are struggling:
1. If they trust you enough to open up about their depression, do not shrug them off. A lot of people in this situation feel they have no one, seeing they have a friend who cares enough to listen, even if you can't think of anything to say, can make all the difference to them.
2. Don't be worried to seek information that will better help you understand how to help them and understand what they are going through.
3. You don't always have to have the right thing to say. Just being around makes a lot of a difference.
4. Try to get them out. Take them out dancing, or for younger people, try to get them to come stay the night, go to a school event, hang out at the park, anything to take their mind off of the pain and remind them that there are good things in their life.
5. Don't get angry with them for being sad. This is a mental illness and sometimes it may get frustrating to you, but try and remember how hard it is for them to deal with and that they can't change it.
Working on yourself when dealing with depression is just as important!
It's hard, but whether or not you make it out of this depends a lot on you! In the end, you have to decide that your life is worth it, that you want to be around to see your family, friends, children, parents grow, love, and experience life. If you give up, it's over. This is a fight, and you have to fight hard! So here are a few things that I can tell you to hopefully help you!
1. Do your research. It's pretty hard to beat an illness you know nothing or little about. Research treatments, medications, activities, studies on it, and symptoms. No what to expect and things to try helps more than you would think.
2. Find someone to confide in. You can't beat this on your own. If you don't trust someone close to you enough to tell them or you don't want to go to an office for help, there are plenty of online help sites and chat lines where you can still talk to someone, take advantage. Talking about it will help you figure things out and get things off your chest.
3. I said this in my last tip, but can't stress it enough, do not let your self dwell. Get out of bed, set a routine for mornings, find things to keep you busy. If you let yourself stay in bed and do nothing all day, it will get worse. Believe me I know how hard this can be. Sometimes it will feel like you physically can not get out of bed or wake up. But if you try and you get yourself started it will make you feel so much better. It will make you feel stronger.
4. Don't defeat yourself. If you wake up in the morning and you tell yourself you're a piece of crap, that you don't deserve to be happy, that will drag you down. Wake up every morning and just think of or write down one thing that is good in your life, or makes you happy, or a reason you have to live in a journal. And on your days when you feel like there are no reasons, go to that journal and read it, it will act as a reminder that you are worth so much.
Finally!!!! A lot of people have asked if they are able to speak with me and ask questions! You guys have no idea how much I love to see I am helping people with this, it is a huge passion in my life and something I hold close to my heart. I have set up a blog on tumblr, the name is helpwithdepression2394. On there you can send me messages and you can even do it anonymously if you would feel more comfortable. I will answer any questions , weather it be about you, a friend, a child anything. I would love to help in any way. So please if you want to talk go there!
As always feel free to ask anything. Go to my tumblr (helpwithdepression2394) for questions, tips, answers and research. I'm here for you! Like, share with anyone you feel needs it. Have a wonderful day and stay strong !