SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE WITH DEPRESSION
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
As stated in this video, there is more to depression than just feeling sad. With general sadness, feelings will change with circumstances. However, depression is a continual sense of despair, and hopelessness, that is usually always there on some level. In addition, this depression can show up through suicidal thoughts.

Depression does not go away simply because the individual wants it to, or because they are participating in something they used to enjoy. This can be extremely frustrating for the individual, and family members who are wondering why they can't "snap out of it".

Depression makes it difficult for the individual to be able to go to work, participate in school and complete general life tasks. This is also accompanied by physical changes in the brain that causes depression.

In summary, depression has a physical cause, and by placing demands on the individual to feel better, it can create a greater sense of guilt and isolation.
HELPFUL RESOURCES
DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
Often people confuse depression and anxiety because they can appear together, and their symptoms can be similar. Although depression and anxiety are often common mental illnesses to have together, this is not always the case. However, depression and anxiety can build upon each other. Anxiety is a general worry about work, school social environment, etc. Anxiety can be further divided into more specific worries.

On the other hand, depression is characterized by a loss of interest, and continual sadness/despair. Speak with you loved one to understand how depression manifests for them, and whether anxiety is a part of their experience.
SUPPORTING SOMEONE
WITH DEPRESSION
The University of Michigan provides tips for family members and friends of individuals with depression. Please see their Depression Toolkit for Family and Friends.
DEPRESSION & SUICIDE
Unfortunately, for many people who have depression, thoughts of suicide can be a part of their experience. Although suicide can be frightening for both the individual and the family and friends, there is help.

National Suicide Prevention Line:
1-800-273-8255

University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) Crisis Line:
801-587-3000

Suicide Prevention
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7300 S. 300 W. Ste 101
Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: (801) 984-1717
Fax: (801) 984-1720
UTAH COUNTY
150 S. 400 E.
American Fork, UT 84003
Phone: (801) 980-7222
Fax: (801) 980-7223
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