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How I can support family member dealing with depression?

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Last Updated: 11/10/2020 at 3:24pm
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April 6th, 2020 8:31pm
It's definitely hard to support a family member or friend when they are dealing with something you are unfamiliar with. However, what I think the most important thing to do is 1) educate and 2) empathize. Ask them how they are feeling. Everyone's struggle with depression is unique and valid. The WebMD version of depression might not resonate with theirs, and that's OK. Don't go off of those stereotypes. If you don't have a high sense of empathy, it's important to understand that depression is a disorder that can be impacted by brain chemistry- it is not an excuse to be lazy. So, just be patient with them. Ask them how they're feeling. Get them out of the house when you can. Encourage them. Tell them you're proud. You got this.
August 13th, 2019 4:45pm
Make sure they establish a daily routine and get sufficiently of sleep and food:) physical exercise is also a great tool for overcoming depression, but most important is to establish a weekly/daily routine so the person doesn't get carried away and has structure in their life!
November 10th, 2020 3:24pm
It is very hard when a family member or a loved one are dealing with depression. some days are better and some are worse, and its hard to find the balance and always be able to help. sometimes its important to know we cant help, and just let the situation slide. whats up to us is to be there for them and be supportive, to try and show them how life is amazing- not to force it on them, cause they wont understand. talking with them about their problems is also great and very needed, but if they have a therapist thats even better. don't think that their therapist matter more than you, they are more professional but you are more needed, cause you can discuss things on a more personal level. this person must trust you, as well. sometimes they will have ideas in mind that don't match with yours, and as much as you would want them to think more positively, you can't do much unless they start changing. what you do at these lower times is be a good listener, friend, support. give them positive thoughts.. this won't be an easy journey, but please don't give up. there will be days you are mad, negative, don't want to put up with it anymore, but please remember how this person is feeling and stay by their side! good luck!
June 22nd, 2020 12:37am
Be there for them whatever they need. If they just need to vent or sit quietly in a room with them. Do not try to fix anything. Remind them it is OK to not be OK, but it will be OK again. Let them talk about how they feel on their own time. Also, remember when they push you away it is not personal. They feel like a burden and/or they don't want to hurt you. Even if you have not said it or acted that way. When they push away, take a step back but let them know you are right there no matter what.