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    Depression: Helping Someone Get Treatment

    Your loved one or friend doesn't seem the same. You thought it was the blues, but it's been going on for weeks. And it seems much worse than that.

    Is your friend grieving over something? Or could it be depression?

    If you want to learn more about grieving, see the topic Grief and Grieving. If you think someone close to you is depressed, urge him or her to see a doctor.

    This topic will give you the tools to do so.

    • Depression is a disease. It's not being lazy, and you can't "just get over it."
    • Depression is very common and is nothing to be embarrassed about.
    • The best thing you can do for someone who has depression is to help him or her get treatment.
    • Don't ignore talk about suicide. Talk to a doctor, or call 911 or emergency help if needed.
    • Treatment works, and there are many choices in treatment. Many types of health practitioners can treat depression.
    • Depression can be caused by another medical problem. Treating the problem may stop the depression.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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