Helping a loved oneSupport is an important part of the recovery process for someone with depression. Family members can help a loved one diagnosed with depression in the following ways:
It is important for family members to keep in mind that the recovery process is stressful for them, too. It's helpful for them to build a support network of relatives, friends, and therapists for themselves, if necessary. With proper treatment from a mental health professional, depression can be overcome.
Please take the time to share the ways you have or would do to help a person with depression.
That is an excellent post. Practical and to the point. I found it helpful.
I also think what Cowboyup shared in one of his posts is helpful here, which is that love is something that will continue to give even if it does not get in return. I know for myself sometimes it is hard to love like this...well usually! But when I try to respond with love, even if my h isn't always acting the most loving, I gain compassion for his hurt, rather than building up anger over his behaviors.
I find it helpful to consciously separate the condition from the person, and to look beyond the person's performance to the intention of the heart which is that they are doing the best they can and to honor that.
Also like you shared, even the smallest of accomplishments need to be acknowledged and celebrated.
Oftentimes art can be a really good therapy for depression, anxiety and other similar things. So encouraging the person to write or journal, to paint, to create music, draw etc.. Art allows deeper emotions and thoughts - things that we can't always find words for - to find expression and release.
Manyembers and Jamie,
Thank you so much for your input. I would love to hear from other members re this topic.
As the depressed person it is always good to know how I may help others going through the very same thing as I am.
You are both awesome members of this great forum.
Great answer and I do agree with you re the person with depression has to work through their own healing process. Just being there for them even if your not talking is often a huge comfort.
Thanks for the sweet words.........
Great answer and advice. Thank you so much for sharing.