Providing Support to Someone With Depression
by Alex Wright
Supporting Someone With Depression
Recognize that depression is a medical condition. Depression, like a cold or the flu, is not something that can be cured by merely choosing to "get over it." Depression, like other disorders, may strike at any time and affect anybody. Even if a person appears to be living a happy life with little reason to be depressed, depression can develop in them.
Make it a point to reach out to others. Many people who suffer from depression will isolate themselves, wonder how to kill themselves, and they will frequently lose connection with their friends and relatives. Another moment to remember that depression may afflict anyone at any time is during a crisis. You can't force someone to accept assistance, but you can give them the opportunity to do so. Check in with them on a frequent basis, ask them to chat, and reiterate your support.
Even just listening can be beneficial. You are under no obligation to solve your loved one's difficulties or persuade them that their negative sentiments are incorrect. Even if you disagree with any of their beliefs or sentiments, you should accept and appreciate the fact that these are actual experiences for them.
Encourage others to adopt healthy behaviors. Exercise, good sleep habits, and socialization are all beneficial to one's mental health and ability to overcome depression. Encourage your loved one to participate in these activities by volunteering to accompany him or her or by providing positive feedback on their performance. Take them to the park to see the baby ducks. Baby ducks can often lift people's spirits. Visit a hen house, if a hen house can be found. Do anything! Go for a swim!
Encourage the use of expert assistance. When it comes to treating depression, both mental health therapy and medicine are useful. Providing assistance in locating the appropriate professional, such as a physician, mental health counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist, might be beneficial if your loved one is unclear where to begin.
Make a connection between your loved one and social assistance. In addition to professional assistance, your loved one may be able to benefit from various forms of assistance. Community organizations, religious organizations, and mental health support groups are examples of such entities.
Any hint of suicide should be taken seriously. Depression is characterized by feelings of profound sadness, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation. Do not hesitate to phone 911 or transport them to the nearest emergency room if you believe they are in danger. You may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential help accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Again, any reference to suicide should be taken carefully.
Make time for your own well-being. Supporting someone who is depressed may be a stressful, exhausting, and emotionally exhausting experience. It's quite OK to take a break simply for yourself. Make certain that you are getting enough sleep, eating correctly, exercising, and having time to unwind each night. This is particularly important. Make time for your own well-being.
You are not liable for the treatment of your loved one's illness. Your affection and support are much appreciated, but you will not be able to make them better in the end. It is unjust to oneself to assume responsibility for another person's sadness or for their recovery from depression. Make time for your own well-being.