Depression affects 350 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This multi-causal disease, suffering 4 million people in Spain, affects mostly the female population. For every two women with depression, there is a man who has it.
The treatment has advanced greatly in the last two decades, but there are still important issues to work.
A specialists we are concerned about how depression affects people the patient environment. The mood is "contagious". Being around someone with depression can be very difficult and hard to understand this disease. In general, people confuse sadness with depression.
Family and friends often incur inadvertently reactions that do not help the person suffering from depression. For example, they try to make the person laugh, when to be close and respect the silence is therapeutic. Many of them are unaware of the real and complex symptoms of this disease.
It is very important to understand what depression really is, what are the symptoms and what treatment to follow. In addition, knowing what they can say and what to avoid saying.
Family and friends can help make the treatment even better for the patient if:
- They know the physical and psychological symptoms of the disorder
- They are involved in the treatment
- They are able to inform the patient not only
- Transmitted with empathy to share their struggle
- They appreciate your efforts
- Said supporting sentences like: "I'm here for whatever you need," "Lemme go with you?" Or "I know how you feel"
Treatment for depression can be slow, progressive and relapsing, but with help deliver excellent results, both short and long term.