Understanding the difference between normal mood swings and depression is an important part of parenting.
Flight attendants always tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping someone next to you. In the same way, it’s important to prepare yourself before attempting to assist others when a spouse is depressed.
When a person dies by suicide, the family and friends who survive them must find ways to cope and continue to honour their life.
Question: Is there always a risk of suicide in depression? My spouse has struggled with depression on and off for years. She has a prescription for medication, but she doesn't always take it faithfully. Sometimes she seems so low that I begin to worry that she may harm herself in some way. Do you think I'm over-exaggerating the seriousness of the situation?
Children don’t face the same pressures as adults, but the reality is that children can suffer from depression and its effects every bit as much as grown-ups. Keep in mind, however, that children may manifest different symptoms than adults.