Support is quite important for men and women that suffer with depression and mental health condition. Often the first person who’s in a situation to help a depressed person is a relative or close friend. Sometimes depressed individuals will reach out to help and try to speak with a relative or friend about the signs of depression but not necessarily.
Many men and women that suffer from depression are unable to request help, or they don’t know they’re depressed or they are reluctant to ask for support. Whatever the exceptional situation it’s extremely situation to take care of the depressed person with compassion, love and dignity. The following is a self help guide for men and women that want to encourage someone with depression. I’ve detailed many ways to help a depressed loved one but you’re welcome to grow the listing and form it for your unique situation.
Remember they can’t help being influenced by depression. Often at the start when someone realizes they are depressed they’re in an extremely vulnerable condition and are feeling very unsure about who they are. They may feel they aren’t the person they was. It’s so important not to administer any blame to anybody about why they’re depressed. Depression is an illness, it’s no one’s fault. Many complex factors contribute to the onset of depression.
Encourage the person to talk and listen to what they’re saying. Avoid giving your opinion, diagnosis or prognosis. You’re attempting to build trust and the situation is extremely delicate and convey could easily breakdown. This point is vitally important. Often when we find out someone we care about is depressed we receive a jolt and become afraid of this circumstance. Many men and women feel just like walking away from the problem since they’re overwhelmed by it.
Keep in touch Let them know that you care about them. Stay in contact with them. Send a card, give them a ring, see them in their dwelling. Remember that depression can be a very isolating experience.
Help them to feel good about themselves by praising daily accomplishments.
Encourage them to help themselves by embracing self-help practices. Try to give your aid at a non invasive non pushy way. Many men and women that are depressed don’t feel motivated to help themselves so thread gently with this one!
Learn about support services available to them and to you (self-help groups, out-of-hours emergency assistance, help lines, etc).
It’s very important to access all of the good supports available. Encourage them to go to their doctor, and be sure that they take any prescribed medication as directed. Lastly if you’re not able to cope with the circumstance, for some reason, make sure that another individual near the victim is made aware of the situation and takes over where you left off. However, this might be a blow to the victim since they might feel you do not care about their illness. Remember depression isn’t a logical illness so whilst the victim ought to be taken care of it’s also important for carers to look after their health too.