Psychological Support for People with Depression
Depression is a serious condition that can cause changes in the body. So, providing the right psychological support for people with depression is important. People who are depressed often have a hard time explaining exactly why they feel so bad. This should not be taken to mean that the person is OK really, or is just a bit sad. Rather, that the feelings of sadness do not necessarily stem from a single event or episode which is easy to describe.
Sometimes, depression is the direct result of a tangible event. At other times there is no direct or easily identified cause.
Here, we’ll go over a few of the ways you can provide emotional and psychological support.
Listen and don’t judge
If you know someone who is struggling and feeling depressed, try to be a good friend. Instead of using accusatory language or judging that person for the way they are feeling, be a good listener.
A person with depression may not even want to talk about it. If so, don’t push the issue. Sometimes, just having someone around is helpful.
Recognize the issue
A lot of the time, a person with depression will not be forthcoming with the way they are feeling. Things like stress, particular events or situations, and commitments can all be blamed for the way someone feels.
It is common for a person with depression to become introspective, and not be fully aware of the impact the condition is having.
Ask your friend or loved one if they are willing to seek professional help in the form of psychological support. This can go a long way towards recognizing the issue. A depressed person may not want to entertain this notion. If that’s the case, don’t push too hard but do voice your concerns in a caring way.
Relieve the strain
If depression gets serious, it can place a lot of strain on the person with the condition. It also affects those who love and care for that person by proxy.
At these moments, additional psychological support may be needed. Here at Fairview Rehab and Nursing in Queens, NY, we care for many people with depression. To help relieve the strain on both our patients and their families, we focus on the following:
Socializing is a great way to lift some of the blues. Particularly in the elderly. For this reason, we create a social atmosphere for those who would like some company.
A relaxing atmosphere
Stress is a major contributing factor to depression. Always choose places where you can feel relaxed. We offer a relaxing and stress-free environment for those who need it.
Even moderate exercise has been proven to relieve stress and depression. This is because when we exercise, our bodies release feel-good chemicals. These chemicals include serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine.
Don’t forget to look after yourself as well
It’s impossible for you to be a truly helpful support person if you aren’t well. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t neglect your own needs.
If you’d like further information on providing psychological support to someone who is depressed, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.