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Coping with depression is difficult for the person who is depressed as well as their family and friends.

Role of Caregiver

The support and involvement of family and friends can be crucial in helping someone who is depressed. It is especially helpful if family and friends encourage the patient to stick with treatment and practice the coping techniques and problem-solving skills he or she is learning during psychotherapy.

How Can I Help?

Tips for the Caregiver

Living with a person who has depression can be very difficult and stressful on family members and friends. Here are some suggestions for living with a person who has depression that may make things easier for you and more beneficial for the depressed person:

WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

 Cleveland Clinic.

 Family Caregiver Alliance.

 Helpguide.org.

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging.

 Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 14, 2012

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