Love Someone Who Has Depression? This is What You Need to Know.



Helping a Loved One With Depression

While you can't make your loved one's depression disappear, you can help him or her get the needed treatment and continue to offer emotional support.

By Krisha McCoy

Medically Reviewed by Kevin O. Hwang, MD, MPH

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If you have noticed that a friend or relative has been experiencing depression symptoms — prolonged feelings of sadness, guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness — there are things you can do to help. While you may not be able to “fix” the depression, friends and family members can offer encouragement and support.

Depression: Getting Help For Your Loved One

Depression is not something that can be shrugged off; it is a real illness that should be treated by a medical or mental health professional. The most important thing you can do is to make sure your loved one gets professional help.

Family and friends can do that by “encouraging [their loved ones to make] regular medical visits to see their doctor, and to see any kind of therapist or mental health professional" who is treating their depression symptoms, says Julie Walther Scheibel, MEd, a counselor at Concordia Seminary Counseling and Resource Center in St. Louis.

A doctor can diagnose and treat depression, or make a referral to a mental health professional who is experienced in dealing with depression.

Sometimes people are reluctant to seek help for depression. If this is the case with your loved one, reassure him or her that depression is a common illness and that treatment is almost always effective in relieving depression symptoms.

Depression: Providing Practical Support

You can help your loved one deal with his or her depression by doing the following:

  • Read about depression, its symptoms, and its treatments. There is plenty of literature, online and elsewhere, to help you get educated.
  • Offer to go with your loved one to appointments so you can help by asking questions.
  • Suggest that your loved one write down questions before the appointment, so nothing is forgotten.
  • Suggest that your loved one keep a diary to record symptoms, therapies, improvements, and setbacks.
  • Help keep your loved one on his or her treatment plan. For example, you can offer gentle reminders about taking medications.

Depression: Providing Emotional Support

Nearby friends and family can also provide emotional support by periodically checking in with their loved one to see if the depression treatment is working, and to make sure he or she is performing daily activities.

Walther Scheibel says that friends and family members should encourage people with depression “to continue on their regular routine and schedule.” She says that it is important for depressed individuals to not only continue with their work, but also to do “things outside of work that bring them happiness.” This may mean taking a walk, seeing a movie, or enjoying a meal at a favorite restaurant.

Tell your loved one that you know this is a difficult time, that you love him or her, and that you will continue to provide any help you can. When your loved one wants to talk about feelings or depression symptoms, be there to listen and offer words of encouragement.

Finally, remind your loved one that treatment for depression can be very effective, but that it often takes time before depression symptoms begin to improve.






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