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09-19 Siblings’ support can help people fight mental problems

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Siblings’ support can help people fight mental problems

Charlotte (name changed) of San Diego has been reading books on depression since her younger sister Laura (name changed) was diagnosed with the mental disorder five years ago. She has not stopped following all updates posted about depression on Twitter. Charlotte says that she is trying to extend all possible help to get her sister out of the rut. Psychologists had diagnosed Laura with depression when she was barely 16 years old.

Laura, now 21, says that she is feeling better with each passing day, thanks to the support of her family, especially her elder sibling. Five years back when depression was at the peak, Laura found it exceedingly difficult to cope with her emotions, let alone live a normal life. She had contemplated suicide and tried to injure herself in a bid to end her life. Depression made Laura feel isolated as she tried to hide her feelings from her family and loved ones. In addition, she manifested symptoms of low self-esteem, lack of energy or motivation, sudden rage and continual tiredness, among others.

Laura’s case is not the only one. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is a common mental problem among teenagers in the U.S. Research shows most depressed teens remain under-treated or do not get adequate medical attention to relieve them of all their symptoms.

Depressed people usually find a confidante in their siblings who lend a patient ear to all the pain and frustrations they go through in their daily lives. Teens with depression need to be continually assured that they are not alone in their struggle. According to experts, as depressed people tend to shirk away from any kind of help offered to them, supporting them when they really need it the most is deemed a practical way of helping them out of the emotional derailment.

A research found that people with schizophrenia turned to their siblings for help. Experts feel that the same is true for individuals with other mental disorders. Siblings can help with basic needs like helping clean the room or taking the bins out. Though it seems like a minor chore to attend to, de-cluttering helps in clearing the rubbish off the mind, say psychologists. Small acts that can help uplift mood while ensuring that the depressed do not feel alone can go a long way in healing the scars etched on a wounded mind.

Recovering from woes of depression

It is quite likely that one may find a friend or family member exhibiting signs of depression. Studies show that adolescents and young adults are more vulnerable to depressive disorders. However, depression can be treated with timely medical intervention. Daily innovations in science have unraveled effective treatment for depression in teens that can help treat the disorder sans any side effects.

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego’s adolescent treatment program for depression combines CBT, group and individual therapies to treat the person holistically. Our teen depression rehabs conduct detailed patient assessment in addition to studying relevant genetic, social and environmental factors that may help explain the onset of depression in adolescents. Based on this assessment, our clinicians construct a treatment program tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives for more information about our mental health facilities for teens.

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