Help your loved one with depressive symptoms
As the friend or family member of someone with a depressive illness, you play an important role. Strong, consistent support can make a big difference to the person you care for. This may include going along to medical appointments, asking questions and generally staying involved.
The correct diagnosis of any illness is key to its treatment. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health states that the most important thing caregivers can do is help a loved one get the right diagnosis and treatment.
Share your insights as a caregiver
Encourage your loved one to complete this questionnaire and discuss it with his or her doctor. Or download this caregiver questionnaire and discuss your answers at your loved one’s next appointment. Your insights may be more valuable than you know.
Bipolar depression is a form of biploar disorder. Yet many people don’t know they have it. If your loved one is treating depressive symptoms but not getting better, ask about bipolar depression. Using this tool may help.
If you know someone in crisis:
- Tell someone who can help immediately
- Call 911
- Make sure the person is not left alone
If you know someone who has serious thoughts about suicide, call a healthcare provider right away or take them to the emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).