What do I need to know about caring for someone with depression?

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It is important to understand that depression is an illness and not a weakness or character flaw. Learn the symptoms of depression and, if the person is under a health professional's care, make sure they take their medication as prescribed. Communication is very important to know how they are feeling. If they tell you they are having thoughts of suicide, contact a health professional promptly. Help keep them from being isolated by encouraging them to interact with others and join a support group. You can partner with them in an exercise program and make sure they avoid drugs and alcohol and eat a healthy diet.

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Living With Depression

Living With Depression

Living with depression can feel like a challenge, but with the right tools, you can learn to successfully manage your condition. It's important to follow the recommendations of your primary healthcare provider, take any depression ...

medication as prescribed and utilize the social supports around you. It's also important to eat well, get enough sleep, exercise and keep track of your depression symptoms.
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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.