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  • Living with a black dog a guide for partners

  • carers and sufferers.

  • What not to say or do. You may well be right when you say

  • "It's all in your head!" but don't say it, leave that up to the professionals

  • "Be a man!" this certainly doesn't help,

  • Especially if they are one already. Depression is an illness,

  • not a sign of weakness. Don't be an armchair general who gives unfounded advice

  • and orders. Being thoughtful and kind will never go amiss.

  • Don't try and jolly them along, it can often make them feel worse.

  • Don't point out that there are people in this world far worse off than them.

  • It just adds to their feelings of guilt and hopelessness.

  • Good things to say and do. Be sensitive about how you approach the subject;

  • a lot of people aren't used to talking about their mental health, or lack of it.

  • Crossing that line simply means you care.

  • Try not talking

  • Instead grow your ears and open your heart

  • Really being there for someone without opinion or judgment

  • is one of the best gifts you can ever give.

  • Encourage them to seek a professional opinion. An offer to help find a good doctor,

  • make an appointment and even going with them, can be hugely beneficial

  • Encourage any former regular exercise

  • Fitness robs the dog with its power. Help them develop a strategy to simplify

  • their life

  • both at home and at work.

  • Stress is one of the biggest drivers of depression.

  • Less stress means less dog

  • Make them a ditch the dog box. Encourage them to fill it with favorite photographs,

  • letters, anything that reminds them of what's good in their life.

  • Include a "Dog Journal" Here they can plot how they are feeling

  • acknowledge progress, record the things the are grateful for

  • and set doable goals. Embracing the black dog

  • Agree to a course of action to get rid of the Black Dog

  • An ignored dog can become a big problem

  • Learn about the condition together;

  • knowledge is power and validation is a great healer

  • A united front is crucial in getting the Black Dog to move on

  • As a caregiver, compassion

  • empathy and understanding are vital, but recognize that you alone

  • don't have the power to rescue your loved one. Professional help is

  • often what's needed

  • Finding the right doctor can make all the difference to a healthy recovery

  • If they're going to tell someone their problems, it should be someone they respect

  • and feel comfortable with. Don't be afraid to go for an initial assessment

  • and don't feel committed to continue if it doesn't feel right. "“You can also see a nurse, a counsellor or a health-care worker"

  • If it suggested you take anti-depressants

  • do your research. Know the facts and ask your doctor plenty of questions

  • A big obstacle for seeking professional help

  • is the cost. Help them realize that the cost of not getting the right help

  • can be considerably higher: it can cost marriages

  • friendships jobs and even life itself

  • Some simple rules of engagement and agreement

  • Agree that there is a Black Dog in the midst

  • and things may have to change temporarily

  • Agree that no one can help them until they fully commit to helping themselves

  • Agree to be gentle and respectful

  • with one another during this time. Agree to check-in with each other

  • on a regular basis. Agree to communicate honestly and openely.

  • Agree to the course of action

  • set by the doctor and to review progress regularly

  • Self-preservation for the caregiver

  • It can be difficult not to take anger, criticism

  • negativity and apathy personally. It's important not to buy into it

  • accept that it's the depression barking, not the person you care for.

  • Being overexposed to someone else's Black Dog can begin to rub off.

  • Misery loves company so try not to get sucked into the vortex

  • It's really important to recognize and honor your own needs

  • limitations and boundaries.

  • Difficult situations a better dealt with when you are calm and in the moment

  • Yoga, meditation and mindfulness

  • are great tools for achieving calmness and control. Join a support group

  • There's nothing like being in a room full of people who understand and share

  • your story

  • It's important to get out and do your own thing

  • and be with friends. Friends may not be able to solve your problems

  • but they can offer incredible support, comfort, wisdom

  • and laughter. A Black Dog in

  • any relationship can be confronting, frightening

  • and frustrating but navigated together, the bond can become

  • deeper richer and better for it. And finally

  • the most important aspect in this tourney is to constantly remind each other

  • it will pass

  • it will pass

  • it will pass

  • If you have a Black Dog in your life, get help, be helped

  • and always hold onto hope.

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和黑狗一起生活 (Living with a black dog)

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    hgfishy 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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