LGBT people are prone to sadness. How can we help?

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Depression shouldn’t be mistaken with sadness which occurs naturally in all stages of our lives. A person who is sad may not eat or study for a few days, may avoid friends and family members for a short period of time. However, a person who is battling with depression may refuse going out, interacting with other people for weeks in a row and may even end up failing classes or losing their job.

People who suffer from depression have more intense emotions and each day may seem like a true struggle. But this doesn’t mean that all days are the same. On the contrary, depression doesn’t manifest equally each day and this is why it is harder to spot. Depressed people might get through days or even weeks laughing and enjoying life, seeming perfectly normal in the eyes of others.

 

YOU didn’t do anything wrong and YOU alone can’t fix it

You need to stop blaming yourself or act like a hero. In most cases, the depression of the person near you isn’t caused by you so there is nothing you can do to treat it for good. At the very most, you need to learn to be supportive and show your affection.

The depressed person is seeking help whether they say it or not. However, you alone cannot be all that’s needed to get rid of depression for good. And, while your comfort and unconditional love and friendship are valued, the person suffering from depression needs to seek professional help. Therapy won’t do wonders overnight and, most of the times, it will take years until a person manages to defeat depression even with professional counseling and guiding.

Suggest physical activities

Often enough people who are feeling sad or depressed lack motivation and interest towards any kind of social activity. They will prefer to stay inside and alone with their thoughts or, even more dangerous, drowning their sorrows in alcohol or pills.

However, numerous recent studies have concluded that there is a strong link between sustained physical activity and the recovery from sadness or depression. In fact, there are plenty of mental affections that can be improved with the help of sport and physical activities.

Sadness, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks might not disappear by practicing sports, but the level of endorphins released from this activity will certainly have a positive impact on patients.

Yoga, swimming, and running are the main physical activities preferred by patients battling with mental disorders. So, instead of just picking a random yoga book and trying to learn the positions on your own, you should ask for the help of a yoga instructor. Swimming is also known to reduce stress, anxiety, and fight PTSD, especially due to the therapeutic effects of water.

On the other hand, running will not only help one shape the body and increase endurance but will also help that person clear off bad thoughts and focus on small victories. It will help regulate breathing and, in the end, will diminish the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

 

Resources: 

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/529619_3

https://www.ilga-europe.org/sites/default/files/Attachments/lgbt_service_users_guidence_for_staff_working_in_mental_health_services.pdf