Recognizing Depression in a Loved One

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish whether someone is just going through a funk or if it is more serious. Feeling blue is a normal emotion, but if those blues aren’t going away, it’s time to consider depression counseling.

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Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression can come in many forms, and symptoms range from mild to severe. The list below touches on some of the signs and symptoms that would suggest your loved one is suffering from more than just the blues and should consider depression counseling.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Not participating in activities they once found enjoyable
  • Comments about the world being better off without them
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Changes in weight (loss or gain)

Where Does Depression Come From?

Every human has a unique ability to handle life in their own ways. A life event that is tough but manageable for one individual could be extremely difficult for someone else to handle which leads them into depression. Transitions in life are a great example. When children are grown and leave to begin a life on their own, some parents are thrilled to begin this new phase of their life while others deal with empty nest depression. Other factors that could lead to depression include chronic illness, an unexpected diagnosis, the loss of a job, moving away from friends and family, divorce, the loss of a loved one, or financial struggles.

Compassionate Depression Therapists at Garrett Counseling

If you have noticed signs of depression in your loved one, take the first step in helping them conquer their depression and schedule an appointment with Garrett Counseling. Our compassionate depression counseling experts are here to support your loved one during each step of their journey. Contact our professionals by calling (256) 239-5662, or follow this link to submit your request through our convenient online contact form.