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If someone you care about has been diagnosed with depression, you may feel helpless. Maybe you're watching a once-vibrant person slide into inactivity or seeing a good friend lose interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy. The change in your loved one's or friend's behaviour may be so great that you feel you no longer know him or her.
You probably want to help in some way. This topic will give you the tools to do so.
Here are some things you can do to help:
The more you know about depression, the better you can understand what the person is going through.
If you have permission, you can:
A person who has depression may feel alone in the world. Your support can help.
Spending a lot of time with someone who has depression may be hard on you too. These caregiver tips can help:
For more information, see the topic Caregiver Tips.
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock MD - Psychiatry
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