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Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed

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If someone you care about has been diagnosed with depression, you may feel helpless. Maybe you're watching a once-vibrant person slide into inactivity or seeing a good friend lose interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy. The change in your loved one's or friend's behavior may be so great that you feel you no longer know him or her.

You probably want to help in some way. This topic will give you the tools to do so.

How can you help someone who is depressed?

Here are some things you can do to help:

Educate yourself

The more you know about depression, the better you can understand what the person is going through.

Help with professional treatment

If you have permission, you can:

Home support

A person who has depression may feel alone in the world. Your support can help.

Take care of yourself

Spending a lot of time with someone who has depression may be hard on you too. These caregiver tips can help:

For more information, see the topic Caregiver Tips.

Credits for Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed

Current as of: October 20, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock MD - Psychiatry

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