Since major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders worldwide, it’s likely that you know or love someone with depression. Knowing what to say or how to support someone with depression isn’t always easy. You might be afraid of saying the wrong thing or that something you say will worsen things. However, helping someone with depression is less complicated than it seems. One of the best things you can do is to let them know they are not alone.
Harmony Hills is a mental health treatment center offering a comprehensive depression treatment program in Florida. Throughout the years, countless people have recovered from depression through our individualized treatment approach. If someone you love suffers from depression, let them know you support them and encourage them to seek professional help. Contact Harmony Hills at 855.494.0357 to learn more.
How to Talk to a Friend About Depression
Helping someone with depression can be challenging. Often, people with depression cannot recognize or acknowledge it. People unaware of the symptoms of depression may think that they feel normal. Too often, people who acknowledge their depression feel ashamed or embarrassed, preventing them from reaching out for help.
If you are trying to talk to a friend about depression but are unsure of what to say, consider the following suggestions:
- It seems like you’re feeling low. Do you want to talk about it?
- What can I do to help you today?
- I may not understand your feelings, but I want you to know you’re not alone.
- You are important to me.
- I’m sorry you’re going through this; I’m here to support you.
- How is your depression? How are you coping?
- Would you like me to drive you to an appointment?
Research supports that high-quality social connections are a protective factor for depression and anxiety. Simply letting your friend know they have your support is beneficial to them. If your friend is not receiving depression treatment, encourage them to talk with their doctor or a therapist. It can be helpful to research therapists in your area and have that information available to share.
It’s essential to remember that people with depression are hurting. Even if you say all of the “right” things, your friend may become angry or lash out at you. If this happens, try not to take it personally and continue to support them however you can.
How to Talk to a Doctor About Depression
If you haven’t been feeling like yourself and think you have depression, visiting your doctor can be the first step to feeling better. Medical conditions such as thyroid issues, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal changes, or medication side effects can affect how you feel. Your doctor can rule these out as possible causes of depression.
Telling your doctor that you haven’t been feeling like yourself is the easiest way to open the door for a conversation about depression. Doctors are very familiar with depression and will know what questions to ask you to determine how to best help from that prompt. Remember, what you say to your doctor is confidential, and they will not judge you. Doctors are great resources for finding a therapist.
How to Talk to a Therapist About Depression
There can be many challenges to talking with friends or family about depression. They may not understand how you’re feeling or know how to respond. Many people do not have a genuine understanding of depression and may say things that are unhelpful or even hurtful.
A therapist is someone who wants to listen and is trained to understand your feelings. If you’ve never been to therapy, you may be worried about how to talk with a therapist. Be assured that a good therapist will know how to get the conversation started. Simply talking about things that are bothering you (work, money, etc.) and your relationships can give your therapist insight to help guide the conversation to a deeper level.
Find Relief from Depression at Harmony Hills
Living with depression can cause unnecessary pain and suffering. The sooner you seek depression treatment, the sooner you can return to a higher quality of life. In our depression treatment program at Harmony Hills, we utilize holistic and evidence-based treatment modalities, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- EMDR therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Art and music therapy
- Individual, group, and family therapy
Without treatment, depression symptoms can progress to be uncontrollable and harmful. Depression treatment at Harmony Hills provides relief from your symptoms. Contact us at 855.494.0357 to learn more about depression treatment.