How would you help somebody depressed?
20 Jan 07
it really depends on if its a depression that she is feeling because of a situation or if its a more permanent thing. many people say they are depressed to describe them feeling down for a day or so or maybe a week but clinical depression is something that takes over their life and makes one feel like they are in some black abyss (which is how i felt) and is so hard to get out of. always be supportive of your sister and try and keep her a little active with things she might enjoy (though depression sufferers actually lose their interest often in things they used to find fun). if she is experiencing this, id suggest a visit to your doctor to talk about possible ways to help cope with this debilitating mental illness. maybe she also needs counselling. dont be afraid to have medications as the new medications help the brain use more of its own chemicals than in the past. and always keep in contact with the doctor to make sure you are on the right medication and dosage for you. its not easy watching a friend or loved one suffering from depression but there are ways to treat and deal with it nowadays, just dont be afraid to ask for the help and always be open and honest with your healthcare professional about everything. just know that many of us have or are suffering depression and have found ways to deal with it and live with it even if it includes taking medication or going to therapy. its hard to offer any other advice without knowing more about your sister's situation and the problems she may be facing or living with etc which is why i suggest going to a doctor as they are more experienced in this kind of situation. good luck and i hope she starts feeling better soon
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21 Jan 07
sometimes that happens...even things from childhood that we think we have dealt with or happily ignored, rear their ugly head at once and plunge a person into the dark abyss of depression. i dont know how easy it is to get therapy or if you have free health clinics there that may offer counselling but i suggest she talks to a professional. other than that, spend time and go out and do some activities that you both enjoy or that she used to enjoy if she isnt at the moment..
21 Jan 07
I agree with the post above. It is very important that you are supportive and do not take her feelings lightly. Depression is a very real and serious illness. As said already, if she has clinical depression she needs to see a doctor and maybe start therapy and/or medication. Also make sure she knows there is no shame in having depression. A person can not help it any more than getting diabetes.
21 Jan 07
hi maf. you can only do so much to help as it is down to the person themselves to open up at tell you what is getting them down. try and do things together that she used to really enjoy as sometimes this gets the person motivated again. tell her everybody loves her so much and somehow try and get to the root of the problem. good luck!
21 Jan 07
Be there, don't judge her too much (I know this is very easy for us to do; because when someone is very close to us, we tend to judge or get carried away in judging them instead of being nice to them), try to praise her and boost her ego in a good way. Try also to keep her mind occupied with other things that would cheer her up (sort of diversing her mind). Hope she's getting much better by the day. Tell her to be more a bit patient and that all the family loves her.
20 Jan 07
Possibly in helped with in asked the holiday to tempa that was busy and the cool place. Or could we entertained him always, with music and any that made him liked. But besides this we then must while praying to ask for to the lord on recovery he. Because, according to me, the prayer was very simple words but the miracle to be felt by us produced by him. Because, the lord was the place where we ask for please all the sorts what was we were natural.