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By Rose White Young
Support is very important for people who suffer from depression and mental health illness. Often the first person who is in a situation to help a depressed person is a family member or close friend. Sometimes depressed people will reach out for help and try to talk to a family member or friend about the symptoms of depression but not always. Many people who are suffering from depression are not able to ask for help, or they do not know they are depressed or they are afraid to ask for help. Whatever the unique situation it is extremely situation to treat the depressed person with empathy, dignity and love.
The following is a self help guide for people who are trying to support someone with depression. I have detailed 7 ways to help a depressed loved one but you are welcome to grow the list and shape it for your unique situation.
1. It’s not their fault
Remember that they cannot help being affected by depression. Often at the beginning when a person realizes they are depressed they are in a very vulnerable state and are feeling very unsure about who they are. They might feel they are not the person they used to be. It is so important not to administer any blame to anyone about why they are depressed. Depression is an illness, it is no one’s fault. Many intricate factors contribute to the onset of depression.
2. Listen to what they have to say
Encourage the person to talk and listen to what they are saying. Avoid giving your opinion, diagnosis or prognosis. You are trying to build trust and the situation is very delicate and communicate could easily breakdown.
3. Show your love
This point is extremely important. Often when we find out someone we care about is depressed we get a shock and become afraid of the situation. Many people feel like walking away from the problem because they are overwhelmed by it. Read the rest of this entry »