6 Subtle Signs of a Toxic Family Member

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” (Richard Bach)

There is a wide variety of complex feelings that come with the word “family”. Feelings can range from mostly positive to mostly negative, depending on your childhood and current situation.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Is there any way to tell if my family member exhibits unhealthy behaviours?”

In this video, we’re going to talk about some subtle signs that you can look for in a !

Writer: Syazwana Amirah
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Depression – What You Need to Know

Depression is a serious illness that can cause feelings of sadness and despair. It can also lead to other mental health problems and physical illnesses, such as heart disease. Most people who get treatment for depression feel better, but the disorder can recur without treatment.

Depression may be treated with medicine, psychotherapy (talk therapy), or both. Some types of depression are linked to specific genes, but other factors also play a role. These include a lack of certain nutrients, underactive thyroid or hormone levels, and reactions to drugs (both prescription and recreational) and alcohol. Depression can also be triggered by certain events, such as losing a job, a loved one’s death or divorce, or a severe loss or trauma.

Several types of antidepressants work well for most people. A doctor will determine the right medicine for you by taking a history of your symptoms and asking questions about how you’ve been feeling. They may also ask you to fill out a questionnaire, such as the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale or Beck Depression Inventory. You may need medical tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms, such as anemia or high blood pressure.

If you’re thinking about suicide, get help immediately. Call 911 or your local emergency number, or text TALK to 741741. If you’re with a friend or family member who is suicidal, try to distract them and stay with them until help arrives.

A person’s risk of depression rises with age. Some types of depression are linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain, but depression can affect anyone. It’s also believed that different factors, such as a genetic vulnerability and stressful life events, can combine to bring on symptoms. Women are more likely to get depression, but men can also feel depressed.

Treatment is most effective when it’s started early. Some symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, and appetite changes, may be temporary. But other symptoms, such as a low energy level and trouble sleeping, can last for months or even years. Depression can lead to many problems, including problems at home and at work, and problems with relationships. It can increase a person’s chances of getting other mental health problems, such as anxiety or bipolar disorder. It can also affect a person’s ability to think clearly, making it difficult to make decisions or plan ahead.

With proper treatment, most people with depression recover completely. The good news is that most people with depression can live full and happy lives. However, depression can return, so it’s important to keep getting treatment as soon as you start to have symptoms again. It’s also important to keep up with your treatment as directed by a health care provider, whether it’s medicine or psychotherapy (or both). Remember that it takes time for some antidepressants to take effect, so be patient and talk to your health care provider if you have any concerns. They can adjust your dose or change the medication if it’s not helping you feel better.

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