Depression and You
|May 6, 2009||Posted by healthsmartmom under Brain Health, Health Issues|
If you have experienced depression, you know how much it can affect your life. Overwhelming feelings of sadness can make your life much more difficult, making each day a challenge. What many people don’t realize is that the effects of depression are not simply internal. Just like with any other illness, depression can affect your family, friends, everything and everyone around you.
Before talking about how depression affects your life, you first need to understand what depression is. Many of us have periods where we get really sad, especially after traumatic events like the loss of a job, relationship, or a death in the family. True depression is when these feeling won’t go away, or start for no reason. They permeate through your life causing other mental and physical problems like inability to concentrate, changes in eating habits, and physical pain – just to name a few.
Often depressed individuals have difficulty completing their normal tasks throughout the day. They often find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone cook, clean, or even go to work. Even if they do go through the motions, they probably won’t be doing them as well as they normally would. This means other people, whether it’s coworkers, family members, or even kids, have to pick up the slack that is left behind. This additional work can be very stressful.
When one member of a family is depressed, it can often cause depression in other family members. Loved ones can feel guilty, like they did something wrong that caused this or that they should be able to say or do something to fix it. While many people know better, they still have a deep-seated feeling that they are the cause. With the additional stress of having to care for their loved one, this can often lead to them becoming depressed themselves.
If your depression is affecting your health and your work, you will eventually begin to feel the financial burden. Depression may cause you to miss days from work or even lose your job. Plus often spouses miss work because they are needed to stay home and care for you. In addition to the lack of income, there may be medical bills and other related expenses to pay that will increase the financial burden. This worry over finances can in turn further the depression, creating an endless cycle.
The good news is that depression is treatable and the sooner you see someone about it, the less the negative impact will be on you and your family. If you recognize symptoms early, you can nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a real issue. There are now a variety of medications and other treatment options to help you deal with your depression.