Depression can be defined as feeling sad for weeks or months and not just a day or two. It can be accompanied by a huge hole of emptiness inside, lack of energy and no pleasure in things once enjoyed.
Clinical depression is different from normal sadness. Clinical depression interferes with one’s work or school, relationships with others and ability to enjoy life. However, clinical depression is treatable with modern antidepressant medications and goal-orientated psychotherapy.
No two people experience depression the same. Some people may not seem sad while others can be unmotivated to do anything like eat or get dressed. These tasks can become large obstacles in their daily life. When friends and family notice these changes, it is alright to say something.
Since many people with depression have lost their ability to recognize their positive attributes, giving plenty of reassurance can also be very helpful. People with depression can spend a lot of time reflecting on their situation or ruminating.
Give understanding and empathy by:
Other things you can ask of your depressed loved one are: