The usefulness of online forums in fighting depression

The importance of a support system

As we have mentioned time and again in previous posts, support from friends and family can make a huge difference to someone dealing with depression. However, not everyone is blessed with having a strong support system. This could even be a reason for succumbing to the illness in the first place. In addition, some people are more introverted than others and naturally prefer to be alone.

Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that man is a social animal. The company and the understanding of others, even if it’s just one other person, is comforting to most people. Without that company, the depressive disorder becomes almost inevitable as you isolate yourself further and further from society.

Online web forums

This is why online web forums are GREAT resource tools for people trying to fight or overcome your feelings of being depressed. You can seek out help for your clinical depression and vent out your feelings and frustrations there anonymously and know that the people there actually understand your feelings of pain, anger, sadness or even nothingness. You don’t have to worry about people judging you on such forums. Continue reading

How to help your depressed teenager

Learning how to help someone fight depression can be a daunting task, and even more so when the person trying to overcome the condition is your teenager. Nowadays, depression in teenagers is a common occurrence, especially those who don’t “blend in” with others well.

Teen depression is typically caused by a feeling of inadequacy or a feeling of not fitting in with fellow peers. These include being unpopular or outright bullied, family’s perceived low status in society, getting poor grades, and in the case of teenage boys, being non-athletic and weak, or in the case of teenage girls, not having the “right” body type as portrayed by movies and beauty ads. Sexual preferences can also play a significant part in teen depression.

Common signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for include loss of interest in activities, constant feelings of gloom and helplessness, keeping to oneself and eating/sleeping too much or too little. Some teenagers might also turn to drugs or alcohol to overcome their feelings of being constantly depressed, as these are a form of outlet for their frustration or feelings of loneliness. Continue reading