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.
- Depression is a disease. It's not
being lazy, and you can't "just get over it."
- The best
thing you can do for someone who is depressed is to help him or her start or
- Offer support. You can do this by
understanding what depression is, being patient, and offering help.
- Don't ignore talk about suicide. Talk to a doctor,
or call 911 or emergency help if needed.
- Reassure the person that he or she will get better with
the right kind of treatment. Treatment depends on how severe the depression is
and includes medicine, counseling, self-care, or a combination of these.
How can you help someone who is depressed?