HOME
REQUEST FOR SERVICES
PRAYER REQUESTS

 
 


WELCOME HOME.

There is always something that we can do for you
or you can do for us. Let us create a chain reaction
for God and others...

 
 
 
  HELPING THE DEPRESSED PERSON
 

 The most important thing anyone can do for the depressed person is to help him or her get appropriate diagnosis and treatment. This may involve encouraging the individual to stay with treatment until symptoms begin to abate (several weeks), or to seek different treatment if no improvement occurs. On occasion, it may require making an appointment and accompanying the depressed person to the doctor. It may also mean monitoring whether the depressed person is taking medication.

The second most important thing is to offer emotional support. This involves understanding, patience, affection, and encouragement. Engage the depressed person in conversation and listen carefully. Do not disparage feelings expressed, but point out realities and offer hope. Do not ignore remarks about suicide. Always report them to the depressed person's therapist.

Invite the depressed person for walks, outings, to the movies, and other activities. Be gently insistent if your invitation is refused. Encourage participation in some activities that once gave pleasure, such as hobbies, sports, religious or cultural activities, but do not push the depressed person to undertake too much too soon. The depressed person needs diversion and company, but too many demands can increase feelings of failure.

Do not accuse the depressed person of faking illness or of laziness, or expect him or her "to snap out of it." Eventually, with treatment, most depressed people do get better. Keep that in mind, and keep reassuring the depressed person that, with time and help, he or she will feel better.


Article provided by the National Institute of Mental Health

Return to Plain Talk about Depression

Christian LifeSkills Homepage
 
     
 

Family Policy Council
Good News Coaching
HOME SOLUTIONS
Recycle your Bible

COMMUNITY CIRCLE
MINISTRY FRIENDS
PARTNER
WHO IS JESUS?


EYFMS, Inc is Recognized Endorsed and Accredited
with the United Association of Christian Chaplains and Counselors, Intl (UACCCI.org)