Depression is an increasingly common problem in the world, but that does not make it any less serious. Even if you have not suffered from depression yourself, chances are that it has touched your life in some respect through the sufferings of either a friend or relative.
If you have not experienced depression first hand, it can be difficult to understand what people who have this problem are going through. It can also be particularly tricky if you live with them under the same roof. Here are some tips that can help:
Be a compassionate listener
It is tough to know what to say to someone who has depression. However, do not feel bad about that: even therapists spend a number of years learning how to treat people with this affliction. What you can do is be a compassionate and attentive listener. People suffering from depression often feel that no one cares about them, so the fact that you are willing to listen can actually mean a lot. Let them know that you are there for them.
Encourage them to get help
When all is said and done, the person most qualified to help someone suffering from depression is a therapist. Your friend or loved one may feel that there is no one out there to help them, so it is your duty to let them know that that is not the case.
Help them to take the steps necessary to access the help available in your community. If they are reluctant to go to the appointment, offered to accompany them.
While you are performing this service for your friend or loved one, do not forget to take care of yourself. It will not do anyone any good for you to suffer physical or mental decline because of the stress that comes from helping this person.