The depression trap
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