DEPRESSIONInterview with a psychologist about clinical depression.
“ W H AT A R E T H E S Y M P T O M S O F DEPRESSION?” There are physical signs, such as loosing apetite as well as changesin eating and sleeping habits. There are also cognitive signs, such as a person being lessmotivated, gaining memory problems and loosing concentrationquickly. Lastly there are emotional signs such as a person being moretearful, antisocial and introverted then usual.
“ W H AT A R E T H E C AU S E S O F DEPRESSION?” Can be caused by hormonal changes- conditions such as bipolardisorder and post natal depression are caused by this. Others can be linked to stress or other strenuos experiences, suchas bereavement, abuse and even poverty or relationship breakups. Alot of cases can also be linked back to childhood experiences.
“ H OW W O U L D YO U T R E AT AC L I N I C A L LY D E P R E S S E D P E R S O N ? ” If a person is really clinically depressed, the first thing they’d needwould be medication to take the edge off their depression. They’d also need therapy along side it so they could deal with theirproblems.
“ H O W S H O U L D FA M I L Y M E M B E R S O F T H EDEPRESSED PERSON TREAT THEM/HANDLE THEM?” Family members should monitor the person in question. To keep them motivated, they should try and get them to do things that they enjoy. Try and keep depressed people busy and involved- even small things like making tea. Try and listen to the depressed person and empathize with them when they talk about problems. Try to support them.