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    Specialist   |    Mar,01,2021

    How do I help a family member with depression?

    A family member was recently diagnosed with depression, he is on medication and undergoes psychological therapy, and they have told me that I should help him but I don’t know how to do it. Do I have to treat him differently? what should I do to help him feel better?

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    • Luzmery Romero

      Luzmery Romero

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      Depression is a mood disorder very common in our time. Fortunately, it is usually transitory, and is divided into episodes, but its symptoms generate highly significant discomfort. I understand that knowing that your family member suffers from it can generate feelings of worry and tension in you, but you should feel relieved to know that you are already doing the most important thing, receive professional support.

       

      What you can do will be easy for you to understand it, this person only requires your support and company. He should know that he can count on you in his difficult times to listen to him without judgment, help him to have moments of distraction, remind him that he can get out of this if he follows the medication and verify that he is attending his therapies. Sometimes people with depression could abandon themselves to the circumstances or surrender, it is part of the disorder and therefore they need people to verify that they continue.

       

      You should not treat him differently, on the contrary, he will feel better if he sees a certain daily routine in his life and sees that there are things that will not change even though he is dealing with his condition. Just because you are understanding does not mean you should show pity or sadness. I send you the best wishes for your family member! surely soon he will get out of this!

      26 May, 2021

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    • Enna

      Enna

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      Giving them special treatment will only make them feel sicker. You must be vigilant about how they act but you should do it in a discreet way.

      18 May, 2021

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