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Tips for a loved one taking care of a person suffering Major Depressive Disorder

20 Feb 2017


Coping with depression is difficult for the person who is depressed and even more for their family and friends who are playing a role of caregiver.

Thus, the support and involvement of family, friends and relatives can be crucial in helping someone who is depressed.

Tips to keep in mind if you are living with a loved one who is depressed.

• Make sure that s/he is been evaluated and treated by a trained mental health professional, which would help in diagnosing depression and suitable treatment.

• Educate yourself, your family, and friends about mental health problems and depression in particular, which would help you to understand what your loved one is experiencing.

• Provide consistent support as people with depression can feel alone and isolated and requires love and support of the loved ones.

• Encourage the person to stick with treatment and practice the coping techniques and problem-solving skills he or she is learning during psychotherapy.

• Persuade them to interact with others such as visiting friends or going out for activities and do not force them.

• Adopt an interaction style that puts the depressed person in charge. For example, instead of suggesting, "Let's go to the movies tonight," try this: "I'd like to see a movie tonight. Which one of these do you want to see with me?"

• Make sure you notice and praise any significant improvement. Provide reinforcement for their increased activity or getting involved with activities or other people.

• Consider family or marital therapy: these forms of therapy may be beneficial in bringing together all those affected by depression and helping them learn effective ways to cope together.



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