PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How can you stay connected when you have depression?

ANSWER

Reaching out to friends and family can be a big help in your recovery from depression.

  • Create a support team, and talk to all of them about depression and what you’ve been feeling. Let them know they can check in on you from time to time.
  • Once you’re recovered, your support team can help watch for signs that your depression might be coming back. They should know what to do if you have an emergency.
  • Join a support group. Members can help you in ways your family and loved ones might not understand.
  • Consider letting your co-workers know about your depression. Legally, you don’t have to say anything. But sometimes confiding in someone can help.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression," 2000.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder," "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help," "Wellness at Work," "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Fochtmann, L.  , Winter 2005. Focus

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression," 2000.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder," "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help," "Wellness at Work," "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Fochtmann, L.  , Winter 2005. Focus

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 04, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How can joining a support group help you stay connected when you have depression?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: