Caring For Someone With Depression

Caring for someone with depression

If a loved one or friend is suffering from depression, you know how serious it can be. You’ve seen how challenging it can be to talk to them about how they’re feeling. And you know how important it is to help them get the treatment they need so they can start living a more fulfilling life.

Caring for someone with depression requires empathy and patience, listening and support. Whether you’re helping a friend, your child or a parent, it’s important to be compassionate and understanding — but it’s also important to be persistent about finding the right solution.

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How Do I Know if Someone is Depressed?

Depression is not always easy to recognize in others. While everyone is different, the following are general symptoms of depression:

  • Depressed Mood: Severe sadness that may last from several days to several weeks.
  • Lack of Interest: No longer finding joy in things they used to love.
  • Reduced Energy: Unusual and lasting bouts of fatigue.
  • Lack of Concentration: A struggle to focus or make decisions.
  • Reduced Self-Esteem: A lack of confidence in themselves and their decisions.
  • Ideas of Guilt and Unworthiness: May include talk of being useless or hating themselves.
  • Change in Sleep Habits: May include insomnia or oversleeping.
  • Change in Eating Habits, Weight Loss/Gain: May include loss of appetite or overeating.
  • Ideas of Self-Harm: Talk of hurting oneself.

New hope for adolescents and their parents. 

If your teen is exhibiting signs of depression, it’s easy to let fear drive decision making. Don’t let the seriousness of the situation and doubts over what to do next turn into hesitation and inaction. Have a conversation with them, listen, encourage them to take the next step toward relief, and include them in the process of seeking treatment.

Mother comforting adolescent son

Treatment for Adult MDD

Although antidepressant medications can be effective for some patients, they do not work for everyone, and can also include unwanted side effects.

For patients who aren’t finding the results they need from antidepressants, non-drug, non-invasive treatments are available, including NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy, which uses short magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain that controls mood.1,14,15

These pulses, administered through a small coil placed on the patient’s head, can have a lasting effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels.1,14,15

Patient Receiving a Consultation from a Doctor

Find a NeuroStar Provider Near You

NeuroStar is a breakthrough depression treatment for patients who aren’t satisfied with the results they’ve had with antidepressants. If someone you care for fits this profile, and you’re interested in learning more, use our Doctor Locator to get in touch with a doctor near you who specializes in NeuroStar Advanced Therapy.

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