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Living With Depression

Depression is often misunderstood by many who have not had to deal with the unpleasantness of the deep darkness of this illness first hand and simple don't think of it in this way. Depression can often be overwhelming and aside from being happy or not being happy it will affect the functionally of the person going through depression.

Severe anxiety is somewhat similar to depression and neither will simply go away with cake and ice cream or a social gathering, but must be addressed from the depths of the soul where it resides. Depression is responsible for making people so ill that they struggle daily to make it through the functions of day to day life. Smiling is not on the "to do" list and they describe tiredness, being lethargic and weakness in addition to difficulty in moving and eating as their daily routine. For anyone who has never experienced these experiences, this might seem like fiction reading or just plain non-sense.

Depression is real and it does take a person down. As a person becomes more and more depressed they become less able to care for themselves. As a result they are likely to stop functioning normally, to stop bathing and stop caring for themselves and or others. It is likely that this person will avoid friends and loved ones and may keep themselves cooped up even when invited to do activities that they have previously enjoyed doing.

Depression will begin slowly and creep its way into a person's life, starting with a lack of enjoyment that is replaced with reclusiveness, social avoidance and withdraw from what used to be a normal routine for the person. The victim cannot find enjoyment in anything that used to bring enjoyment and passion. Too often the person has thoughts of suicide and some act on those thoughts.

Intervention may be necessary as the person who is going through the depressive episode may not be able to see it and they may need to be forced, coerced, or even tricked into getting help and taking medication. For many this is, however, the only way that they will begin to heal. Therapy and medications can help to stabilize a person enough to make sure that they are on the road to recovery and the need for medication may only last for a few months until they can begin to stabilize once again.

Intervention will present itself as a viable option when a loved one starts to avoid social situations and loose interest in things they love to do. This type of action is never easy and there is help with an online checklist so the person can see that you are only trying to help them get normal again. Acknowledgment of the problem from them, is a key factor in them letting you get the help they need.

By: Ethan C Kalvin

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