The de­pres­sion trap

The Sun (Malaysia) - - HEALTH -

TOO many peo­ple do noth­ing when a friend or rel­a­tive is de­pressed, a lead­ing Euro­pean psy­chi­a­trists’ body is warn­ing.

Of­ten, peo­ple in the so­cial cir­cle no­tice the signs of de­pres­sion – the in­abil­ity to en­joy any­thing, a per­ma­nent sense of ex­haus­tion and lack of mo­ti­va­tion, a ten­dency to brood – but do not ad­vise the af­flicted per­son to get med­i­cal help.

In­stead, both the per­son suf­fer­ing de­pres­sion and their friends and rel­a­tives be­gin to view the empti­ness as a “nor­mal” as­pect of their per­son­al­ity, rather than an ill­ness that re­quires treat­ment.

That’s one rea­son de­pres­sive peo­ple never re­ceive the re­quired ther­apy, the Ger­man So­ci­ety for Psy­chi­a­try and Psy­chother­apy (DGPPN) warns.

If those symp­toms sound like some­one you know, prompt the af­flicted per­son to get pro­fes­sional help. Some­times it helps to ac­com­pany the per­son to the doc­tor’s or clinic, as the af­flicted per­son may not have the men­tal strength to make the jour­ney alone. – dpa

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