How to help your adult children deal with depression

Aug 20, 2012, 8:40 a.m.
Existing evidence proves that depression support groups can help people return to a functional and positive lifestyle.

When your adult child suffers the symptoms for depression

John Harris didn't show up at work Tuesday morning. He had to take his adult daughter to the hospital emergency room. Linda suffers from the common symptoms for depression. She lives with a legitimate chronic back pain, a history of bad marriages and a heaping pill-full of depression.

John strives help his daughter break free of the dependency that keeps her on drugs, out of work and consistently on his nerves. But she won't support herself and about once a month she gets high on prescription medication, falls and suffers some form of injury that requires emergency attention. It drives John crazy.

Depression, a common problem in adult children

According to the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the groups most often affected by major depression includes adults 45 to 64 years old and divorced or previously married men and women. Many symptoms accompany depression. Here are five primary signs:

  1. Apathy, including social withdrawal, persistent sadness and a serious gain or loss in weight
  2. Drug abuse in any format, including alcohol or prescription drugs
  3. Increased anxiety, irritability and signs of agitation
  4. Insomnia or oversleeping often accompanied by chronic fatigue or lack of energy
  5. Poor concentration and apparent memory loss.

Finding help through depression support groups

Depression evokes a sense of being alone. Patients tend to want to lock the doors and avoid contact with the outside world. If you can get your adult child enrolled in a local depression support group, the possibilities of improvement greatly increase. Here are some of the available options:

Online depression support groups -- The anonymity may make it easier for your child to interrelate with the group sessions.

Clinical approach -- Ask your doctor to help you get hooked up with a professional support group.

Specialized groups -- The focus targets specific methods of therapy.

Existing evidence proves that depression support groups can help people return to a functional and positive lifestyle. To motivate your adult child toward freedom, take action today. Link up with a reliable depression support group.

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