Updated 25 September 2015

Loved one depressed?

There's a lot you can do to make the situation better for your loved one and for yourself.


If a family member or friend has been diagnosed with depression, there's a lot you can do to make the situation better for your loved one and for yourself.

Take action:

Empower yourself by finding out as much about depression and its treatment as possible; find a psychiatrist or psychologist who comes recommended; look after yourself and take care not to get swamped by the illness; don’t take personal responsibility for the person's depression – you haven’t caused it and you don’t need to feel guilty; join a support group in your area so that you can share your experiences and feelings with people who are in a similar position.


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