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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

HOW CAN I HELP A LOVED ONE OR MYSELF 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 to get a diagnosis and or treatment. You may need to make an appointment and go with him or her to see the doctor. Encourage your loved one to stay on treatment, or to seek different treatment if no improvement occurs after 6 to 8 weeks.


 TO HELP YOUR FRIEND OR RELATIVE → 


  • To help your friend or relative Offer emotional support, understanding, patience, and encouragement. Talk to him or her, and listen carefully. 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 too much too soon. 
  • Provide assistance in getting to the doctor's appointments 
  • Remind your loved one that with time and treatment, the depression will lift. 


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 → 


  • Don’t wait too long to get evaluated or treatment. 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 in exercise. Go to a movie, 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 depression and mood this. 
  • 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.