• 9 December 2023

Depression is a tricky disease that very often comes back after a short period of time when symptoms have subsided. Depression relapses usually occur up to 6 months after a cure, but they can occur even after five years. Therefore, you should always be vigilant so that you can start treatment again if necessary.

Characteristic symptoms of recurrent depression

The symptoms of relapse can be practically the same as those of previous depression. Usually, however, in this case the patient struggles with an even more intense sense of guilt and hopelessness. He feels that all his previous struggles have been in vain. Frequent mood swings and irritability may also occur. However, it is worth being aware of the fact that the symptoms of recurrent depression can only be temporary. So you don't have to panic and lose hope for a better tomorrow.

Other symptoms

The other symptoms are similar to those of any other depression. These include, first and foremost:

  • a long-term state of reduced mood,
  • crying,
  • lack of energy,
  • a feeling of fatigue,
  • apathy,
  • unwillingness to engage in everyday activities,
  • fear and teaching anxiety,
  • sleep disturbances, insomnia.

For people with recurrent depression, it is difficult to get out of bed in the morning to perform routine hygiene routines. He also doesn't feel like eating, dressing or even having sex. He sees the duties he has performed so far as senseless, too difficult or boring. A person suffering from depression has the impression that everything surpasses him, is worthless and represents an unnecessary burden for everyone. His sense of value and attractiveness is at a very low level. He can stop caring for his own health, as well as family, home and professional life.

Recurrence of depression is also often manifested by onerous suicidal thoughts, which can lead to self-inflicted injuries or actual attempts to take one's own life. The sick person feels like he's in a stalemate. He's convinced that no one can help him this time. He feels completely misunderstood, inferior and isolated, so he wants to end his life. In such cases it is usually necessary to start pharmacological treatment and psychological therapy. It is worthwhile for people with depression to be able to count on the support and understanding of their loved ones.

How can I help a person with recurring depression?

Recurrent depression is a big challenge for the family or friends of the sick person. The return of symptoms usually is surprising for them, causing a feeling of disappointment, disappointment, disappointment and sadness. They may then start to think that the sick person pretends, tries to manipulate them or arouse mercy. However, it is worth trying to keep understanding and delicacy. At the same time, you must not forget about yourself and your needs. Helping a person to be depressed can be tedious, especially if the illness is accompanied by suicidal thoughts and attempts. Those closest to the patient should also remember not to take full responsibility. It is worth looking for help from specialists - a psychologist, a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist.