Help for caregivers of depressed adults
It’s a tough position to be in when you’re watching a loved one struggle with depression. It doesn’t matter who it is – it could be your teenager (see our dedicated site for this), a romantic partner, a family member or friend. The situation is even worse when you don’t know what to do to help them get better.
Sadly, most people don’t.
It’s not your fault. No one trains us how to deal with this type of crisis. And if you’ve never personally experienced depression it’s close to impossible to understand what they’re going through.
If you have had depression yourself, even that doesn’t mean you’re equipped to support them. Every person struggles with depression in different ways. It’s a unique disorder where every case is different. One of the things you’ll learn here is that there are varying degrees of depression.
Which means, treatments differ too.
So, it’s likely you’ve arrived at depression.zone because you need support to find out what to do. And you may have already taken some actions, but what you’ve done to help has been unsuccessful.
Don’t worry. We got your back.
If you’re watching a loved one struggle everyday and you’re feeling stuck not knowing what you can do to help, Depression.zone has an entire library of free and low-costs support resources that will teach you how to help them get better fast.
Start educating yourself immediately. Knowledge is key and it will help you uncover new actions to take. Here are some of our best caregiver resources:
- Depression recovering map: A downloadable PDF that easily shows what causes depression with question assessment lists that will help you identify core issues so you can help your loved one get into action.
- Video: Resolving upsets
- Caregiver guidebook
- Need help now? Use the ask an expert feature
- What you need to know to avoid misdiagnosis
- How do antidepressants work?
- Managing your own mental health while you provide support
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