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Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Jan 29, 2016
How Do I Live With Someone Who Suffers From Anxiety Disorder And Clinical Depression? - RN 018

"My own life was filled with so much love and joy that when depression struck, it was like a prison door slamming shut and I was being placed in an isolation cell. No one else could possibly feeling what I was. I hated my depression and all of its symptoms." - Susan Polis Schutz

How do I deal with someone who has depression?

People who battle Anxiety Disorder and Clinical Depression often feel alone, misunderstood, and unable to cope. There is hope and help. But those of us who live alongside sufferers of CD need to understand that there are good ways and bad ways to relate to them.

 Signs to lookout for if you think you or someone you love may be battling Clinical Depression:

  • Wants to stay in bed for long periods of time
  • Has frequent and extreme mood swings
  • Is exceptionally impatient
  • Periods of sadness without knowing why
  • Has suicidal thoughts
  • Often feels worthless
  • Engages in emotional eating
  • Engages in self-harm (Cutting, etc.)

 If you think you or your loved one may qualify as having Clinical Depression:

  • Seek professional aid
  • Avoid self-medicating

 If you have a relationship with someone who battles Clinical Depression, keep the following things in mind:

  • Do not react negatively, if possible
  • Avoid accusatory or hurtful remarks (“Did you take your pill today?”)
  • Offer physical contact if it helps them (hugs, kisses, holding their hand)
  • Don’t try to fix their problems; instead, just be there for them
  • Understand where any negative attitudes are really coming from
  • Be patient and allow them to work through their symptoms their way
  • Be their strength and support when they feel helpless

 Here are some resources for important information on depression:

www.dbsalliance.org

www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

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