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What You Can Do to Help

What You Can Do to Help

  • Encourage them to seek professional help: Since depression makes people think things will never get better, they often don't bother to seek help.
  • Help them get moving: The most important thing in the treatment of depression is "behavioural activation," which basically means to get moving-both literally (as in exercising or just getting out of the house) and metaphorically (in moving toward something you value, like family, career, or spirituality).
  • Offer validation and encouragement: People with depression tend to think very negatively, so avoid the temptation to argue with them.

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Take Care Of Yourself

People with depression can be very challenging to be around, even for the most loving and well-intentioned person. Since these disorders hijack people’s thinking patterns, their ongoing negativity and pessimism can be hard to deal with. Progress can also be very slow for someone with depression. ...

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Depression: Saying "Be Positive" Doesn't Help

Depression: Saying "Be Positive" Doesn't Help

If you’ve never experienced clinical depression, it is hard to understand what it is like. Well-intentioned people will say things like, “just think positive,” or “just snap out of it.” Though they may not say it out loud, some people think a person with depression is just being lazy, or just try...

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Understanding Clinical Depression

Understanding Clinical Depression

  • Depression is the second most common mental health issue (behind anxiety) and affects almost all human beings on the planet.
  • Everyone has ups and downs, but clinical depression is debilitating, affecting the ability to do even the most simple daily tasks.
  • Serious depression l...

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Foster Social Support

Foster Social Support

Numerous studies have shown that social support helps prevent and moderate the effects of depression. Since a big problem with depression is getting lost in the ne...

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