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Why Anyone With Depression Should For A Support Network

Depression is so common that some people shrug it off as insignificant or less worrisome than other mental illnesses. The truth is that depression can have lasting negative effects on your life, preventing you from moving forward with your career, enjoying activities you love, and engaging with your loved ones. One way to ensure depression does not get the best of you is to build yourself a support network of friends and family members who you can depend on. Here are a few benefits of having a strong support network.

1. These people can get you out of the house.

For many people, depression is a cycle. You feel down, so you stay home and don't do anything. Then, because you're cooped up and alone, you only feel more depressed. People in your support network can recognize when you're starting one of these cycles and can urge you to get out and stay active. A friend who gently coaxes you to take a walk, attend a local event, or go to the gym with them is a good friend. 

2. Your support network can make sure you're seeking proper treatment.

One of the struggles with depression is that when you're feeling gloomy, you're not likely to seek help. It can be so tempting to skip your doctor's appointment or therapy session. People in your support network can check in with you and ensure you're adhering to the necessary treatment protocols. They can even arrange to pick you up and take you to your appointments. It's harder to skip a doctor's appointment when someone is waiting for you outside in their car.

3. Your support network gives you people to talk to.

Obviously, you can talk about your depression with your therapist, but there may be times when you want to reach out to someone you know better — or when you need to talk, but your therapist is not around. Talking it out to someone in your support group can help you feel better when you're at the beginning of a depressive spiral. It can help you reframe your negative thoughts before they completely take hold. 

4. Supportive people can pick up the slack.

When you are in the depths of your depression, you might not be able to do things you usually do, like run errands or drop the kids off at soccer practice. Having a support network ensures these things get done. Friends and family members can pick up the slack when you're really struggling.

Surround yourself with good people, and don't be afraid to open up to them. A good support network is everything when you're suffering from depression. 

For more information, contact a resource like Supportiv.