Talking about depression with family & friends
Depression is a real medical condition. But your family and friends may not understand what it's like to experience depression. Their support and involvement can play a crucial role in helping you feel better.
Help your friends and family understand that a major depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It's not something you can "just snap out of. "According to a 2005 publication by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the condition affects 1 in 10 adults every year. To be diagnosed with depression, your symptoms must meet specific clinical criteria.
Depression can affect the people in your life, too. Watching a loved one struggle with depression can be difficult for your family and friends.
Keeping your feelings to yourself will only create distance between you and the people around you. So tell them what’s on your mind—what you’re going through. Open, honest communication is always important, especially during tough times.
How friends and family can help
To get the support you need from your friends and family, describe your symptoms and experiences with depression. Let the people who matter most help you. They can support you by
- Helping you get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment
- Offering emotional support, understanding, and encouragement
- Listening without judgment
- Reminding you to stick with your treatment as directed by your doctor
- Monitoring your treatment progress
- Encouraging you to participate in activities that once brought you pleasure
- Lending a hand by helping you get things done
Show them you care
When you’re dealing with depression, often the last thing on your mind is what others are feeling. Try reconnecting with friends and family, and let them know that you still care. Something as small as a hug—or a few reassuring words—can go a long way.
PRISTIQ® (desvenlafaxine) is FDA approved to treat depression in adults. Ask your doctor if PRISTIQ may be right for you.
PRISTIQ could be a key in treating your depression symptoms.