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

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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