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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 behavior 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.
some things you can do to help:
The more you know about
depression, the better you can understand what the person is going
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
For more information, see the topic
Current as of:
January 11, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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