1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem. Such as anxiety and depression in any given week. If you are caring for someone with depression it is important that you understand what depression is.
It is also important that you get the right support to help you care for your loved one.
Everyone has periods of feeling a bit down now and again. When a person is depressed they feel persistently sad for weeks or months.
People can get affected in different ways. The symptoms can include constantly feeling sad and crying. Not enjoying things you used to like to do.
Depressed people often have symptoms of anxiety. You could struggle to leave the house or go to work.
Physically you could be constantly tired. You may struggle to get out of bed depending on how bad your depression is.
Symptoms include struggling with day to day chores such as cleaning your house. Or you may struggle with personal hygiene.
You may lose your appetite. You could develop insomnia. Severe depression can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Depression is an illness and can affect your quality of life. With the right treatment and support people who suffer from depression can make a full recovery.
Difficulties of caring for people with depression
There can be difficulties in caring for people with depression. As you are constantly in the company of someone who is feeling down.
You may have to tend to their personal care which can take its toll on you.
Your loved one may be suicidal so needs to be monitored 24/7 which is difficult for you to manage practically.
Our Services, Our Support
Our personal care services professionally support people with depression. Having worked with many individuals throughout the years. Our professional staff know exactly what you need and what care you require.
We can help you with bathing and showering. Getting dressed and undressed. Preparing meals.
At West Midlands Home Care. We are committed to understanding your requirements and needs. To make sure that you obtain the best support that will work best for you.
We also offer day sits. Members of staff will sit with service users and tend to their need during the day. While family members who are caring for their loved ones can go out.
We also offer Night sits. Members of staff will tend to the service users needs throughout the night, ensuring they are safe.
Our personal care providers are:
- Nationally recognised personal care experts
- Fully registered and qualified service providers
- Members of the UK Home Care Association
- Highly trained and experienced
- Professional, knowledgeable and skilled service providers
- We understand that it is important to you to have control over your life. As well as the support and care that you receive.
For this reason, we always work closely with you, and everyone concerned to give you the best service that you require.
West Midlands Home Care provides a variety of support options that enable you to continue living the life you lead. http://www.wmhc.org.uk/our-services/
Depression Treatment At Home
It is important to go to your GP and tell them how you are feeling. They will give you the correct depression treatment at home.
They may prescribe you medication or refer you to a therapist. You can also refer yourself to talking therapies
These tips may help you too;
- Set goals. Often people who are depressed feel that they are not useful. Set yourself daily goals. These can be small goals like washing the dishes. Once you have accomplished a goal you will feel a sense of achievement. The key to goal setting is tiny goals, start small and build from there.
- Have a routine. When people are depressed one day often merges into another. A routine will help you.
- Exercise. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which are feel-good chemicals. If you can go out for a walk in the fresh air a few days a week it would be beneficial for you.
- Healthy Eating. You are what you eat. Eat a balanced diet. If depression makes you overeat, getting in control of your eating will help you feel better.
- Sleep. Not enough sleep can make your depression worse. Have a bedtime routine that works for you. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Don’t look at screens before bedtime.
- Write. People with depression find that writing helps them get their thoughts and feelings out of their heads. Whenever you feel down, write.
Well-being strategy. Write down the things that you enjoy doing. And do those things regularly it could be something like having a coffee with a friend or sitting in the bath.
If you feel you need support. Or if you are a career and need an extra pair of hands.
Whether you need our live in care which gives you 24-hour care and support in your home. Or you if you need domestic care which includes support in cleaning, dusting, changing bins and doing the laundry. We are happy to discuss your options.
Famous people with Depression
There are many famous people with depression. You are not alone.
Angelina Jolie was seriously depressed as a teenager. She has always been very open about her bouts with mental illness. She would cut herself and hiring a hitman to kill her.
Though things improved for the actress after finding Hollywood success and becoming a mother.
In 2007, her mother died from cancer.
This time, she accepted a lead role in the action flick “Wanted”. In order to do “something physical” and get out of her own head.
Jolie stated, “I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn’t capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active.”
Within a year of his greatest triumph in boxing, He was taking drugs, binge drinking. And going to sleep hoping he wouldn’t wake up.
“I woke up everyday wishing I would not wake up anymore,” Fury told BBC Sport. “But I am living proof anyone can come back from the brink.
“There is a lot of people out there suffering with mental health problems who think all their days will be grey, but life can improve again and you will start to enjoy the little things again.”
He was “a manic depressive” and the only way to deal with his problems was to “get drunk out of my mind”.
“I could not pinpoint what made me depressed,” said Fury, reflecting on those times. “I was rich, successful, young, healthy, had a family, fame – everything a man could dream of – but I was still depressed.
His advice: “A structured routine in life is key – having short-term and long-term goals.”
“I advise living a healthy clean life. What good is drinking? It poisons the body. There is nothing better than getting in the gym and getting the endorphins going.”
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach
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