As far as the future is concerned, there is still much research that needs to be done in order to find a cure or a treatment that someone may be able to use in order to prevent themselves from suffering from worsening anxiety and depression during the first few weeks of using an antidepressant such as Zoloft or Prozac. However, there are many things that you can do in order to help someone if you know that they may be suffering from depression and/or anxiety.
Be a friend and let them know that you are there for them, no matter how long it takes them to get over this hard time in their life, which may last longer than anyone may expect. Whether it be just them wanting someone to talk to or just be patient with them, do it. In the end it will make them feel a lot better if you at least attempt to understand what they are going through, even if you have never suffered from depression yourself; they will appreciate that you were there for them and know that your presence does not go unnoticed in their lives.
If you are suffering from depression yourself or even think that you might be, there are many hotlines that are available and it is important to get the help that you will need in order to get through it. Until there is a treatment for worsening anxiety and depression, it is important to pay attention to your medicine and the side effects that sometimes come along with taking the medicine. Even if you don’t have depression, it is important to understand some of these things in order to help break the stigma!! Always know the importance of mental health and do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Whether you just need someone to talk to, or you may think you may be suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other mental health disorder; as someone you may know may be suffering from a disorder and you wouldn’t know it. Although the saying “never judge a book by its cover” is super cliché, it is also super relevant in this case, as you never know what someone may be going through behind closed doors and besides the person that they allow you to see.