Whether your friend or loved one is depressed, or you are experiencing depression yourself, it is important to find the right way to help. Depression affects millions of people and can have a major impact on both you and your loved one’s lives. The best way to help is to understand the symptoms of depression, and how you can help your loved one overcome it.
You can help by providing a safe environment for your loved one to talk about their depression. Keeping a journal or journaling is a great way to work through emotions without judgment. You can also find support groups in your area.
Be sure to talk to your loved one about their depression in an honest and respectful manner. You do not want to make assumptions about why they are depressed. If you think that they have an underlying health issue such as sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, or vitamin D deficiency, you should talk to their doctor. Your doctor can help you find a treatment center that can help.
You may need to make changes to your own schedule if you are caring for a loved one with depression. For example, you may need to schedule time for physical activities or to take your medications. This is important so that you can keep up with your own health, as well as help the person you are caring for.
You can also help by offering to prepare a list of questions for your loved one’s health care provider. Be sure to remember to take any prescribed medications and attend family therapy sessions. You may also be able to refer your loved one to a mental health professional. You can find a list of local mental health professionals on the NAMI website.
When a loved one is depressed, it can be difficult for their friends and family to understand what is happening. You can’t change the person’s depression, but you can help them feel less alone. You may be able to help your loved one overcome their depression by offering to do activities that they enjoy.
If your loved one is depressed, you should try to give them time to think about their situation. You should never pressure them to make a decision. You can help them take time to think about their situation by giving them a few minutes each week to think about it. If they are too depressed to talk, you can still offer your support.
Sometimes, depression can be a symptom of another underlying health issue. If you think your friend is experiencing a symptom of depression, ask their doctor if they are experiencing any other symptoms. The doctor may be able to rule out a medical reason for their symptoms.
You should also be open to talking about your own depression. Having someone listen to you and help you talk about it can be a huge help. You may be too tired or distracted to talk about your own depression, and you may need to wait until you are calm.