‘Be there’ for family and friends
For most of us, the holiday season is a happy time where we get together with family and friends and celebrate the year that was.
Now that Christmas has passed and families have dis-entangled and gone their separate ways, many have warm smiles on their faces and their cameras loaded with happy images for sharing over the weeks ahead.
However, for some people this time of the year can be very stressful and lonely. Such raw emotional encounters can bring back painful reminders and trigger mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Not everyone has a loving family to spend time with, so as a community we need to be more sensitive to the needs of our family, friends, work mates and neighbours by looking for signs that may indicate someone needs help (I’ve listed some signs below).
If you identify someone you think may be suffering from depression or anxiety, it may be hard to raise the subject with them. However, do it in a place you both feel at ease and have some information ready about the services that may assist them.
Christmas has come, and Christmas has gone again for another year. For most of us, it is a great time littered with happy memories. But one gift that can linger into the New Year is to ‘be there’ for family and friends who might not have had such a good time as you did.
Some signs of depression
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Agitation or restlessness
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right!
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
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