Our expert says:
Well, the primary responsibility is for HIm to handle his Depression. Personally, I think that CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) if available where you are, is the best treatment in many ways, as it is a psychological method that helps him to gain control over the negative habits of thought and gives him more control over the depression in general. Antidepressant meds also help, of course, and the combination may be even better.
There's no good way YOU can "handle" his depression, especially by telephone, other than by being kind and understanding, and letting him talk about whatever is troubling him IF he wants to.
It sounds as though he may be back on antidepressants (ADs), and hopefully this will help him to get out of the current episode of depression.
When someone has a real episode of Depression, they need to remain on the ADs for at least 6 to 9 months, otherwise the risk of the depression returning if they stop before then, is rather high. Its best if they work with their shrink to decide when and if to stop. If someone has had several such episodes, it may be adviseable for them to remain on the ADs long-term
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