A Mounting Depression 

How Environment Affects Depression

In a Nutshell

Salma Geneidy

October 9th, 2016

 


We are all greatly affected by our environment--the challenges we face, the people we love, and the people who love us. When someone struggles with depression, this environment can either make them feel supported or abandoned. Depression can create a warped view of their world. Depression can make people believe that they are unloved and alone, even when they’re not. When someone you love is facing such a struggle, you can help be part of an environment that can provide them with support or one that can drag them down.

To be well informed is one of the best ways to help someone facing depression. Learn about their struggle by gathering facts and sifting through research to differentiate myth from reality. Figure out what it is they’re dealing with. Even though you can’t truly know what it’s like to feel what they’re feeling, it’s important to try. When they’re acting a certain way that seems uncharacteristic, remind yourself of what it is they’re facing. Depression can sometimes turn someone into a completely different person; it’s important to keep that in mind.

 

Depression has many different effects, and can come out in different ways, depending on the person. A person can lash out in anger or have crying spells over what seems to be nothing or withdraw from friends and family. Teenage depression is especially challenging because it doesn’t always present itself as the classic sadness that people tend to link depression to.

For some, depression means difficulty getting out of bed, going out, being with others; for others it means being angry and frustrated with every little thing. It can make small tasks difficult, and large ones impossible. It can create delusions of hopelessness, uselessness, loneliness, and more. Depression can be obvious or invisible; there are those who show all these symptoms and more, and those who smile and bear it. Creating a good support system for someone with depression includes remembering the various ways depression reveals itself.

 

When someone you love is struggling, it’s always important for them to know you’re there to love and support them. Hard times are always easier to face when you feel like someone is in your corner. Being there for someone can mean several things; it can mean being there to talk about their problems, or just simply being around so they’re not alone.

Depression has ups and downs, good days and bad days. Along with the people in someone’s life, depression can be affected by the challenges they face. When they face something difficult, like the loss of a loved one or a major life change, it can be devastating. Again, this is where it is important they have love and support from those around them. To know they’re not alone can make a challenge just a little bit easier.

 

One thing everyone should know is that depression doesn’t mean someone can’t function. People with moderate depression continue to live their lives everyday, the best that they can. When you love someone with depression, it’s important to remember that. The best that you can do to help someone with depression is to love them, support them, communicate your support and send messages of acceptance and that they are not helpless, useless, or alone. Depressed people are not dissatisfied or not grateful for what they have, they are mostly not sure they deserve it. Create an environment that will lift them up, not bring them down.