Considerations to Make When Living With Someone With Depression

Friday, May 7th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: Depression

There are several different types of depression, and not all of them can be changed by will alone. Loss of a loved one, losing a job and personal tragedies may be helped without medications, but clinical depression and bipolar disorder are real, and they are caused by chemical imbalances. These require something, be it supplement or prescription, to help bring balance back.

There is a problem with this picture. While strides have been made in changing the general attitude about depression, those who suffer from it still feel as if it is a personal failing. This is one of the things you will probably have to help with if you are living with someone with depression. You may feel helpless, but there are many other things you may be able to help with.

1) Talking it Out: When depression is caused by something that has happened, talking about it is going to be very important. It’s also not going to be easy and will probably involved a lot of Kleenex. Encourage discussion but don’t press too hard. Be prepared for many different emotions to be displayed, including anger, self doubt, loneliness and frustration. These are all natural emotions and it’s best if they are brought out in the open and discussed without judgment.

2) Seek Medical Help: As mentioned above, there are times when it will take a doctor to help resolve the issue. If you suspect there is more to the depression than grief, it may be time for a diagnosis. Without that, nothing can be done with any degree of safety. The person you are trying to help may resist the idea, and forcing them to go may be a mistake. However, if you suspect the situation has gotten to the point that someone’s life may be in danger, over rule the resistance.

3) Find out Options: Nowadays, there are many different treatment options, including some herbal remedies. If the diagnosis is mild to moderate, St. John’s Wort may be an appropriate method. Bipolar disorder and major depression should only be treated by prescriptions as they do not respond appropriately to these problems.

4) Follow Doctor’s Orders: Once the person starts to feel better, the temptation to stop taking the medications or supplements may be great. This is not a good idea, unless the doctor agrees. It is very likely that the imbalance will return, and it could be worse than before.

5) Offer Quiet, Nonjudgmental Support: Recovering is going to take time and it may not be easy, especially at first. Encourage involvement in favorite past times, but don’t push.

If you need support, there are depression support groups that may be able to help. They may have more suggestions on how you can help your loved one. Don’t be afraid to reach out.