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.
Tips for your own self!
Living with a person who has depression can be very difficult and stressful for a caregiver. Here are some suggestions for living with a person who has depression that may make things easier for you and more beneficial for the depressed person:
• Leave time for yourself and your own needs. Allow yourself to have time when you need a break. It will help both of you.
• Set realistic goals in light of the depression and assume a reasonable amount of responsibility.
• Break large tasks into small ones, set some priorities, and do what you can as you can.
• Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive and do take help from other family members and friends.
• Participate in activities that may make you feel better, such as mild exercise, going to a movie or ballgame, or attending a religious, social or community event.
• It is advisable to postpone important decisions until the depression has lifted. Before deciding to make a significant transition such as change jobs, get married or divorced, discuss it with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
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