Giving and Getting Help With Depression
How can I help a loved one who is depressed?
If you know someone who is depressed, it affects you too. The most important thing
you can do is help your friend or relative get a diagnosis and treatment. You may need to make an appointment and
go with him or her to see the doctor. Encourage your loved one to stay in treatment, or to seek different treatment
if no improvement occurs after 6 to 8 weeks.
To help your friend or
- Offer emotional support, understanding, patience,
- Talk to him or her, and listen
- Never dismiss feelings, but point out realities
and offer hope.
- Never ignore comments about suicide, and report
them to your loved one's therapist or doctor.
- Invite your loved one out for walks, outings and
other activities. Keep trying if he or she declines, but don't push him or her to take on too much too
- Provide assistance in getting to the doctor's
- Remind your loved one that with time and
treatment, the depression will lift. Depression Home
How can I help myself if I am depressed?
If you have depression, you may feel exhausted, helpless, and hopeless. It may be
extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself. But as you begin to recognize your depression and begin
treatment, you will start to feel better.
To Help Yourself
- Do not wait too long to get evaluated or treated.
There is research showing the longer one waits, the greater the impairment can be down the road. Try to see a
professional as soon as possible.
- Try to be active and exercise. Go to a movie, a
ballgame, or another event or activity that you once enjoyed.
- Set realistic goals for yourself.
- Break up large tasks into small ones, set some
priorities and do what you can as you can.
- Try to spend time with other people and confide in
a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not
immediately. Do not expect to suddenly "snap out of" your depression. Often during treatment for depression,
sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
- Postpone important decisions, such as getting
married or divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well
and have a more objective view of your situation.
- Remember that positive thinking will replace
negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
- Continue to educate yourself about depression.
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