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Recognizing Major Depression Symptoms in a Loved One

Witnessing a loved one struggle with the weight of depression can be a heart-wrenching experience. Understanding the nuances of major depression symptoms is crucial in providing the necessary support and guiding them toward effective treatment. At Northeast Health Services, we are committed to offering comprehensive depression treatment services in Marlborough and other locations in Massachusetts tailored to our clients’ needs. Call 508.794.8711 today to speak with someone from our team about treating major depression.

What to Know About Depression

Depression goes beyond the occasional feelings of sadness or blue moods—it’s a severe medical condition that impacts every aspect of an individual’s life. Recognizing the diversity of depressive disorders is the first step toward understanding and treating major depression.

What Are the Types of Depressive Disorders?

Depressive disorders vary in severity and duration, including:

  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Persistent depressive disorder or dysthymia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Postpartum depression

There is also treatment-resistant depression (TRD), which is when an individual does not respond to conventional medications and therapies.

What Is Major Depression?

Major depression, often referred to as major depressive disorder, is characterized by a pervasive sense of sadness, a lack of interest in activities, and a range of emotional and physical problems. It significantly interferes with an individual’s ability to function at work, school, or home.

Signs and Symptoms of Major Depression

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of major depression is critical. They may include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

People struggling with major depression may also experience aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause. These physical symptoms may not ease even with treatment.

How to Help Someone Struggling with Major Depression

Supporting someone who is battling major depression requires patience, understanding, and care. Here are some ways to help:

  • Listen and offer support – Be there to listen without judgment. Sometimes, simply knowing someone is there can make a big difference.
  • Encourage treatment – Gently suggest seeking professional help. Explain that depression is a medical condition that can improve with treatment.
  • Stay informed – Learn about depression to better understand what your loved one is going through.
  • Help with everyday tasks – Depression can make even simple tasks feel overwhelming. Offering help with daily routines can provide relief.
  • Be patient – Recovery from depression takes time. Continue offering support throughout their treatment.

At Northeast Health Services, we recognize the profound impact major depression can have on individuals and their loved ones. Our dedicated clinicians partner with clients through evaluation and treatment, blending compassion with expertise to ensure a personalized care plan. We offer a range of treatment options, including counseling, therapy, psychiatry, and medication management, as well as innovative treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy and Spravato® nasal spray.

Our approach is community-focused and rooted in evidence-based practices. By understanding the unique circumstances and goals of each client, we aim to deliver care that not only addresses major depression symptoms but also supports overall well-being. Our diverse team reflects our communities, enabling us to provide culturally sensitive care for individuals from all backgrounds.

Connect with Northeast Health Services and Get Started on Depression Treatment in Massachusetts

Recognizing the symptoms of major depression in a loved one and taking steps to support them can be pivotal in their recovery journey. At Northeast Health Services, we help you and your loved ones with empathy, professionalism, and dedication to mental health excellence. If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly. Together, we can work toward a brighter, healthier future.