Smiles are wonderful things. As soon as a smile appears on your face, things start improving. A smile spreads from you to those around you. Smiles are infectious - it's hard for someone not to smile back. A genuine smile is like a big billboard on the side of the road that shouts - it's all good!
So imagine a friend or family member who is so unhappy with something in their life that smiling actually hurts. They can't find the happiness inside that inspires a real smile. Forcing a smile is like a denial that something is wrong and it just makes things worse.
It's not hard to spot the problem in someone you know well. It might be that whatever is bothering that individual is temporary and will right itself with a little time. But when the smile never comes and your loved one just can't find the joy in life, it's time for professional help. While they might not recognize it, you do. Helping them find the best resource for treatment of their depression or anxiety is the greatest gift you can offer them. People tend to want to avoid the conversation, but addressing these illnesses are every bit as important to quality of life as managing diseases like diabetes, cancer or heart conditions.
We can help you, help them! We have a free health information and referral phone line staffed by trained professionals who can answer questions and provide a list of physicians and services in our area that are appropriate. It's free and it's available 24/7. You want your loved one to smile again and feel the joy that comes with that simple expression of happiness. If you need help for yourself or a loved one, call (478) 741-1355 or (800) 548-4221. You can also attend our upcoming seminar on depression and anxiety.
Depression doesn't have to win. It can be treated - and you can get your smile back!