Depression: Family and Friends Can Help

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When Scott Davis, 38, was suffering from eye out for certain behaviors, you’ll help the person report back to his doctor. This is particularly helpful if the loved one has anxiety or isn’t sure if medication is working.

  • Provide financial help. Therapy and medications are expensive and may not be covered by insurance.
  • Be there, even if you’re not talking. When someone is feeling anxious or sad, knowing he or she is not alone is an immense help.
  • Educate yourself. There are many web sites, books, and articles that discuss depression.
  • “Just knowing that someone else knows that you’re suffering can be a very good and safe feeling,” Davis says. “Everyone likes to know that someone is in their corner.”