January 5, 2007, Newsletter Issue #44: Supporting a Person with Depression

Tip of the Week

If you have encountered a person with depression, how do you think you would handle it? Would you tell them to snap out it or tell them it is all in your head?

Supporting a person with depression can become difficult when you are use to seeing them being active, happy, and social. Once the reality of their depression is believed, family and friends often have a hard time believing the depressed person cannot control their actions. Depression is an illness which affects the mind and if the depressed person does not have support, their battle can become very difficult. Letting them know you are there to help and support them is helpful, but the depressed person needs to be willing to work with you to find the proper help to bring them out of their episode.

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