Depression is so widespread that it has long since become a widespread disease. Nevertheless, some people feel insecure when who is affected by the family or the circle of acquaintances. Experts have some tips for dealing with depressives ready.
Depression has long since become a widespread disease
Depression has long been a common disease worldwide. In Germany alone, according to health experts, around six million people are affected within one year. In addition to the treatment, which usually takes place with medication and psychotherapy, it is extremely important for those affected to be taken seriously. Experts have even more advice for dealing with depressives.
Disease is not always easy to spot
As experts in the S3 guideline / national care guideline explain "unipolar depression", the disease "depression" is not always easy to recognize and it remainsoften unrecognized.
Certain longer-lasting symptoms indicate that a depressive illness is present."These include, for example, a depressed mood, loss of interest and lack of drive. Often, it is difficult for depressed people to cope with everyday tasks or concentrate. In addition, they suffer from strong self-doubt and tend to ponder, "it says in the guideline.
sufferers have lower self-esteem, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, little appetite and other physical ailments like gastrointestinal problems or a feeling of pressureNeck and chest.
In the long term, depression can promote type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and heart attack, among others.
In addition, sufferers often lose not only the desire for, but also the will to live. The World Health Organization( WHO) estimates that suicide and suicide will be the second most common cause of death in the world because of depression in 2020.
Depressive Be Serious
The treatment of depression traditionally involves medication( antidepressants) and psychotherapy. But sports also help against depression.
Very important for those affected is also how their personal environment behaves. While there is no panacea for dealing with sufferers, professionals have summarized a few things that friends or relatives of sufferers should be aware of.
As the medical center for quality in medicine( ÄZQ) explains in a new patient information, it is most important to take the person concerned seriously and to have understanding. In addition, one should encourage the friend or relative - just as one would with any other illness - to seek professional help.
How Relatives Can Help Patients
"Many depressed people are afraid to be considered" crazy. "Make it clear that such fears are not justified, "writes the ÄZQ.No one is to blame for the disease, the causes are manifold, they can hit anyone.
sufferers can help activities. Small activities such as walking together or listening to music prepare joy in everyday life. Even a conversation can be good.
The AKA points out that sufferers will sometimes reject their relatives or friends."But that is not aimed at you as a person, but is due to the disease. The other is not always able to accept your suggestions, "say the experts.
The patient information section recommends that friends and family members inform themselves about the disease and be aware that the treatment will take time. It is also important that the helpers - in spite of the illness of their friend or relative - take care of themselves and, for example, do not neglect their hobbies and interests.(ad)