How to Help Someone With Depression

Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 09:43 AM

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Many people do not know how to help someone who is suffering from depression. If someone has never suffered from depression they may not realize how devastating it truly is. Someone suffering from depression feels as though the world is crumbling in around them and that there is nothing that they can do about it. They may feel as though they deserve for the world to crumble because they feel as though they did something to deserve it. Depression is not something that someone can just shake off. In almost all true depression cases the person needs to get professional help.

Helping someone who is suffering from depression can be as easy as following a few steps:
  • Someone who is suffering from depression needs to first realize that something is going on. They need to recognize that they are in fact suffering from depression. It is essential to help them realize that they need help in a patient and supportive way. Speaking to them about the signs of depression that they are exhibiting is a great way to help guide them toward the realization.
  • After someone has realized that they need help it is important to get them the help as quickly as possible. The longer they go without the help they need the more of a chance they will have to change their mind. They will often think that they are not deserving or worthy of the help. It is important to reassure them that they are.
  •  When they go to see a professional it is important to let them speak frankly and honestly about their feelings. If they say that they have thought about committing suicide it is important to not lash out or get angry with them. Depression is something that someone cannot control on their own.
  • Once they have been diagnosed with depression they will likely be prescribed medication to help them with their disorder. It is important for them to take the medication as it has been prescribed and on a regular basis. The medication should help the person to be able to eventually feel better about themselves and their life as a whole.

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