Supporting a loved one with depression.
If someone you love is depressed, you may wonder how you can help. Even if you can’t change their situation that may be making them feel depressed, you are able to support them in many ways. Depression is often an isolating disorder, which can sabotage relationships. This can make not knowing how to help all the more confusing. But your support is significant. If you’re unsure on how to get started, take a look at these different ways to help.
One of the best and easiest ways to help someone with depression is to simply be there for them. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to listen to worries or wordlessly hold a hand. Don’t underestimate the importance of being there for your loved ones.
“Some people have it worse than you”, “It’s not that bad”, and, “You just need to snap out of it” are common phrases you may be tempted to say to someone suffering from depression. However, this only makes them feel worse. Instead of challenging them to shake off their emotions, ask what you can do to help them feel better.
Reach out often
When you know someone is struggling with depression, make an effort to reach out and check in on them often. These seemingly small gestures, such as leaving them a voicemail, provides a loving connection and reminds them that they are valued.
Patience is incredibly important when supporting your loved one. When you’re patient, you’re letting them know that it doesn’t matter how long it will take or how involved the treatments will be – you will be there. With patience comes hope.
We hope that these tips help you to show your support to a loved one going through depression. Remember to take regular care of your own mental health, too. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Unisource Insurance Associates.