Depression is a common emotional problem, which is considered to be a mild mental disorder. According to the World Health Organization, depression may become the second most popular health problem in 2020.
Depression can not only affect the way people think, but also how they act. People will lose interests in most daily activities, have bad appetite and insomnia, become fatigue, think negatively or even commit suicide.
Tips for preventing depression
- Avoid negative thinking
- Maintain a balanced diet
- Learn to deal with stress
- Develop a hobby
- Do regular exercise
- Have enough rest
If you suspect you are suffering from depression, never take any drugs before seeking advice from the doctor. Rather, you should consult a psychologist and, he or she will refer you to a psychiatrist if necessary. In addition, if you have suicidal thought, you should seek for emergency help immediately.
What should I do if my family member is depressed?
If you find that your family member shows some of the symptoms of depression, do offer support and encouragement. You may help him or her to arrange for medical consultation, however, do not force your relative to the appointment. Instead, you should encourage him or her to see the psychologist or psychiatrist. Nevertheless, if your family member tries to hurt himself or herself, call for emergency help immediately.