Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression; it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may find it difficult doing day-to-day activities and it may make you feel like life isn’t worth it.
When someone you love struggles with depression, it can be difficult to know what to do, how to act, and what to say. Here are some tips on how you can support someone with depression.
Take some time to learn about depression. Learning more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options can help you better support what your loved one is going through.
Listen To Your Loved One
Depression can be very isolating. Be there for them and listen to them without judgment. You don’t have to give them advice, but just helping them feel heard will make them feel like they are not alone. One of the most important things you can do to encourage them and make yourself a safe space where your loved one can freely express themselves and talk through their feelings without judgment.
Help Them Get Help
Encourage them to get help and let them know there are people out there that want to help. We hope to be a part of that support network. At Unger Primary Care Medical Center, you’ll enjoy more than a physician who is a specialist in chronic disease states like depression. You can rely on Dr. Unger to take a comprehensive approach to your depression treatment. No one factor influences your depression, and so we will not limit ourselves to a single solution.
Our concierge medicine allows us to offer care that can be there for you however and whenever you need. We will use the full of it to help you combat your depression. Have us give you a call today at (909) 484-2105.
Even once your loved one starts getting professional help, check in often with them to see how they are doing. Be there for them in any way you can. Helping them with everyday to-do’s, inviting them over to spend time with you or just listening to them will show them that you care.