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What can my friends do to help me with my depression?

Seek out friends who will stick by you and help you through tough times. Ask them for specific help with daily routines, such as getting to therapy, exercising with you and encouraging you to take good care of yourself. You may need to educate your friends about your depression. They may not understand that depression is an illness and requires treatment. They may expect that you can just pull it together and get better. They may think they can cheer you up.

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