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How to help your depressed friend and get him out of sadness

Depression and extreme sadness are a condition that we may all experience, but there are those who come out of the state of depression and some continue with them for years and cannot get out of it. If your friend suffers from depression, he may seem sad all the time and more pessimistic than usual about the future, always talking about guilt or lack of Value, easily upset or unusually irritable.

According to healthline, a depressed person may have difficulty sleeping and is not interested in his usual activities and interests, talking about death or suicide.

Here we go over 10 things you can do to help as well as some things to avoid.

1: listen to them

Let your friend know you're there for him You can start the conversation by sharing your concerns and asking a specific question, for example you might say, "You seem to be going through a tough time lately. What's on your mind?" Keep in mind that your friend might want to talk about how he's feeling, but he might not. Advice.

2: Show empathy and concern for your body language

Your friend may not feel like talking the first time you ask, so it may help to keep telling him you're interested. Keep asking open questions (without urgency) and expressing your concern. Try to have personal conversations whenever possible, if you live in different areas. Try video chat.

3: Help him find support

Your friend may not realize they are dealing with depression, or they may be unsure of how to access support. Even if they know treatment can help, it can be difficult to find a therapist and make an appointment.

4: Support them to continue treatment

On a bad day, your friend may not feel like leaving the house. Depression can drain energy and increase the desire for self-isolation. If they say something like, "I think I'm going to cancel my therapy appointment," encourage them to stick with it.

Same goes for medications. If your friend wants to stop taking medication because of side effects, be supportive, encourage them to talk to their psychiatrist, and try changing their antidepressant to a different antidepressant or stopping medication altogether.

Suddenly stopping antidepressants without the supervision of a health care provider can have serious consequences.

5: Take care of yourself

When you care for someone with depression, it's tempting to leave everything on their side and support them. It's not wrong to want to help a friend, but it's also important to take care of your own needs.

If you put all your energy into supporting your friend you will be left with very little, and if you are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, you will not help your friend much.