The Do's And Don'ts Of Being There For A Loved One With Depression
You love them and want to help, but it's hard to know how to do that. Here are some tips from people who've lived with depression.
DON'T: Tell them what they're doing wrong, or how to fix it.
DO: Offer your no-strings-attached company, and a break from pretending to be happy.
DON'T: Take their depression personally.
DO: Share your own experiences with depression.
DON'T: Feel like you need to fill every silence.
DO: Cook for them.
DO: Check off some items on their to-do lists.
DON'T: Pressure them to get out there and socialize.
DO: Take them outdoors.
DO: Bring over their favorite movies, or watch shows that make them laugh.
DON'T: Assume they know they have your love and support. Tell them.
DO: Make a gesture to show that you're thinking of them, if you can't physically get there.
DON'T: Question or challenge their perception of the situation; if they say they're depressed, they're depressed.
DO: Offer to help them get professional help.
DO: Make sure you have your own support system.
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