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Your loved one or friend doesn't seem the same. You thought it was the blues, but it's been going on for weeks. And it seems much worse than that.
Is your friend grieving over something? Or could it be depression?
If you want to learn more about grieving, see the topic Grief and Grieving. If you think someone close to you is depressed, urge him or her to see a doctor.
This topic will give you the tools to do so.
If you're worried about a loved one or a friend, you probably want to talk to him or her about your concerns. Here are some things you can do:
Many people have reasons why they don't want to see a doctor. Talk about these barriers, and help the person find solutions.
"See a shrink? I'm not crazy."
"People will think I'm weak."
"What will my family and friends think?"
"It might hurt my career."
"I've had counselling before and didn't like it."
"Aren't medicines for depression addictive?"
"These medicines make you crazy or uninterested in sex."
"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."
"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment."
"I can't get there."
"I've tried to talk to people. They just don't get it and don't care."
"I can't afford it."
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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