Hi, I’m Kati Morton. And I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. And I create mental health videos on youtube. Now you are most likely receiving this video because someone in your life is stuggling with depression, and doesn’t know how to talk to you about it. So what is depression? I know many people throw that term around a lot. ‘Oh I’m just so depressed, today has just been so terrible.’ But that’s not really depression, right. That’s just a bad day. Now depression is something that permeates our life. It can go on for years without anyone receiving help or telling anyone about it. What it can look like is; we can have body aches, we can be extremely tired, we can struggle to sleep at all, we can have a increased appetite, or a decreased appetite, often times we don’t enjoy social situations, we may isolate ourselves, not call our friends as much, you may not hear from this person as much as you used to. Or when you see them you feel like they are not the person they used to be. It can b really difficult, and completely debilitating. It can be hard to leave the house and take care of ourselves. So now that we know what depression is,
how do we help, right? I hear that those most from friends and family of my clients. You know,
‘How do I help them now that I know they’re hurting so much?’ And the most important thing to remember is that we can help them through understanding. Now if we don’t understand. We can ask them questions, we can seek to understand. We can just be there. Often times, it’s just helpful to have someone there with us. Being alone can be the hardest thing. So I would encourage you to give them a call, check in on them, pop by their house and have a weekly get together. Whether you are watching a movie or a tv show or playing cards or any number of things. I find just being there and seeking to understand their situation can be the most helpful. And the second thing is supporting them in their decision to get help. I know it’s really difficult. Many of my clients don’t come in to see me until they have been depressed, like I said for years. And so when they finally decide to try to look in to getting help even, at the beginning stages of trying to seek help. Having support from their friends and family is the most important thing. And however you can help them in making that decision. It will mean the world to them. And it will make sure that they get the help they need, sooner rather than later. Because no one wants anyone in their lives to be hurting, right. And the more we can be there for them, and support them. The better. So in conclusion. Someone in your life is struggling with depression. And it’s hard to talk about. But the things that we can do is; We can seek to understand and be there for them, And we can support them in their decisions to get help. And I hope that you found this helpful. And if anyone else in your life, or if there is anyone around you that you think could also benefit from this video, Don’t be afraid to share it. The more we spread the word. The less people are hurting. Thank you. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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