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Depression: Helping Someone Get Treatment

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Are you concerned that someone you know may have depression? Depression is a mental health condition that makes a person feel sad, lose interest in things they used to enjoy, and withdraw from others. It's more than normal sadness, grief, or low energy.

Most people with depression need some type of treatment. Counseling and medicine usually work well to treat depression. Sometimes counseling alone is enough. Often a combination of the two works best. Treatment can help the person enjoy life again.

How can you help?

If you're worried that someone you know may have depression, here are some things you can do to help them get treatment.

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Current as of: June 25, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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