Helping Someone Who Is Depressed for families and friends Brochure

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helping_someone_who_is_depressed_brochure"Depression is not just a biological illness.  It is also a family illness because it affects relationships with children, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and even friends."  Quote from Dr. William Beardslee, physician-in-chief and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital of Boston.

Read about the types of depression, symptoms, the role of family and friends, helping someone receive and manage treatment, and dealing with caregiving emotions.

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Learn about the three basic types of depression.

What are the signs of depression? 
What are the signs of bipolar disorder? 
What are the warning signs of suicide?

Read how families and friends are essential in helping those who are depressed.  Get answers to your questions: 

How can I help someone receive treatment? 
What are some helpful tips to helping someone in treatment or getting ready to receive treatment?
What to do when your help is refused?
How can I help a child or teen?

Family members and friends can be helpful in reporting changes in symptoms and managing treatments. 

Learn how families can work together as a team. 
What are good questions to ask a clinician before a visit, during a visit, and when treatment isn't working.

How do I deal with my own emotions?  There are common caregive emotions that many people understand.  Learn that your reactions are normal, you are not alone, and it is not your fault. 

Remember, depression is highly treatable and 80% of patients improve with treatment.  There is support and hope.  The more you know, the better you can cope.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 800-273-TALK or 911 immediately.