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How To Help Someone With Depression?

It can feel particularly daunting when a loved one is going through depression and you want to help but don’t know where to start.

We’ve listed a few practical things you can do to comfort your loved ones during an episode of depression:

1) Educate yourself about the various manifestations of depression

This can help you identify when a loved one is suffering from depression. Please know that depression manifests in different ways in different people. Below are a few of the more common symptoms of depression:

· Trouble sleeping

· Drastic changes in appetite

· Lack of energy

· Low moods and constant feelings of worthlessness

· Lack of interest in daily activities

· Intense sadness

· Trouble concentrating on things

· Suicidal thoughts and tendencies

2) Hear them out

Listen to what your loved one has to say, often, an open conversation about how they feel will go a long way in the recovery process. Try not to be judgmental or offer advice. Acknowledge that how they are feeling is real and empathize with them.

3) Encourage them to get professional help

While you can temporarily comfort your loved one, it is important for them to seek professional help. Help them identify support groups or individual therapy service that help cater to people with depression.

4) Be patient with them

Depression can be scary for the person going through it and frustrating for the care giver. Try to be patient with the loved one who is depressed, try some mindfulness exercises with your loved one who is depressed so you can share the recovery process.

5) Leave the option to socialize on the table

People with depression tend to withdraw from social interactions. As a caregiver or concerned friend, you can remind them from time to time that they can always reach out to you if they wish to socialize. Invite them for social events without pressuring them to attend. This will serve as a reminder that they are loved and cared for by others.

Depression is a daunting experience for both the person experiencing it as well as their support system. The best thing you can do is to reassure the person going through depression that they are not alone and that they have a strong support system to rely on.

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