How to help with depression

Self-help

  • Begin to practice activities and moderate physical exercise. Go to movies, a ball game, or some other event or activity that you used to enjoy. Participate in religious, social, or other activities.
  • Make realistic goals

  • Split large tasks in small tasks, set some priorities, and do what you can when you can.

  • Try to spend time with other people and choose a trustworthy friend or relative as a confidant. Try to not isolate yourselves and let others help you.

  • Wait for your mood to improve gradually and not immediately. Do not think you will get out of the depression in a “blink of an eye". Often, during the depression treatment, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before depression disappears.

  • Postpone major decisions, such as marriage, divorce or change of employment, until you feel better. Talk about decisions with other people who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.

  • Remember that positive thoughts will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment

 

Help a friend or family member

  • Offer emotional support, understanding, patience, and encouragement.

  • Enter into a conversation with your friend or family member and listen carefully.

  • Never underplay the feelings that your friend or family member manifest but point out realities and offer hope.
  • Never ignore comments about suicide and communicate them to family members, therapist, or physician of your friend or family member.

  • Invite your friend or family member to take hikes, excursions, and other activities. Although he or she can refuse, keep trying, but do not pressure them too much too soon. Even though the distractions and company are necessary, too many demands can increase feelings of failure.

  • Remind your friend or family member that with time and treatment, depression will pass.

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