There are tell-tale signs in a Care recipient (cr) who suffers from depression these should not be taken for granted if not dealt with immediately…

Try: There are tell-tale signs in a Care recipient (cr) who suffers from depression these should not be taken for granted if not dealt with immediately a more serious mental illness may develop it is important for caregivers to recognize when the cr is depressed and take appropriate action some of the signs of depression are detailed below irritability if the cr gets irritable over the littlest of things this may be a sign that he or she is depressed the cr may not want other people to tell him or her what to do and may get upset when this occurs loneliness this may be the most important change in behavior that you can observe in a depressed cr the cr may feel all alone and that no one cares or loves him or her the cr may be resigned to feeling no one will ever consider him or her worthy of being loved silence the cr may not express thoughts openly to other for fear of being judged the cr may just go in one corner and just stare at the walls and not say anything if you notice this approach the cr and tell him or her that you are available to talk anytime does not get out of bed when a cr is depressed he or she may be lazy and not get out of bed to do the daily routines and activities that are normally done try to cheer up the cr by offering to make breakfast in bed and planning fun activities that you can do together that day does not care about his or her physical appearance anymore the cr may feel that it is no longer important to get cleaned up and look nice since he or she rarely goes out of the house you may want to try tactfully worded reminders that the cr used to always get fixed up and look nice lack of sleep you will know that the cr is not getting enough sleep when he or she has dark circles under the eyes and does not try to conceal them the cr may not be sleeping well due to worries about current problems what the future holds and so on depressed individuals tend to over think over analyze everything and worry obsessively about things that are not that important and may or may not happen general suggestions for helping the cr deal with depression assure the cr you are there to help and that he or she is not alone in dealing with the situation enlist the help of relatives and friends so that the cr will not feel that no one cares go out of your way to show your love and concern for the cr if the cr knows that you are supportive and willing to help the depression may go away or become less severe information references adapted from www howtodothings com "how to recognize depression in others" by troy marshall no date

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Keywords: Depressed depression irritability irritable lonely loneliness sad mental illness poor eating habits odd sleep patterns doesn’t sleep well sleeps too much sleeps all the time

*This information is listed as a Fact Sheet and is not explicitly medically licensed

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