Because depression can mimic other conditions, such as general sadness, it can be difficult for someone to diagnosis it. This is especially true if they aren’t a professional. If you believe, however, a loved one is suffering from depression, it’s important to help them immediately. Here’s how to do so:
First understand that in order to treat someone with depression they must obtain medical care. Your initial job should be to help them realize that many people also suffer from the condition and that treatment options are available. It may not be easy to convince them to seek treatment, but it’s important to try.
Once the sufferer begins seeing a professional, stay active in their care. Your support will go a long way to ensuring the treatment they’re receiving is effective. You can help them stay on the program, give them words of encouragement and even go with them to the clinic.
Depression is treatable with the support of friends, family members and professionals.