(Closed) Depression

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Is there any way that they can go to therapy?  Sometimes people just need to talk about it instead of going on medications.

Post # 4
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I second @missAsB

also, what about books? 

Post # 5
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

He or she should first take steps to figure out what therapists his or her health insurance might cover. Call for an appointment. A good therapist should be not only a qualified professional, but a person with whom they feel comfortable, so it might be necessary to check out a few different persons before finding the right fit. Once they do, their therapist should be able to help them through the process of diagnosing their condition and determining a course of treatment, whether medication is involved or not. You’re a great friend to be helping them out, make sure they do get help instead of just letting this slide.

Post # 6
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

A good place to start would be to have your loved one speak with his/her doctor.  Mild depression can often be treated with therapy alone, and if he/she gets a referral, it is often covered under insurance.  I think it is great that this person recognizes the warning signs and if they get help early, it can prevent things from getting worse. 

Post # 7
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

The best thing to do is steer them towards someone they can talk to who has the training to help them, and to support them. It can be tiring on you to listen to them sometimes, but in the end it helps them a lot.

I was formally diagnosed with depression at the age of eleven after already struggling with it for several years. Don’t let them let it slide, or treat it as something trivial- if it goes unchecked, it can get worse.

And it’s wonderful that you’re looking out for them and willing to help!

Post # 8
2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I agree with MissAsB 100% on the therapy idea. Unfortunately, depression/anxiety meds can end up making things worse, or just exchanging one symptom for another.

Several years back I went to the Dr. with what I thought was anxiety & mild depression. The Dr. asked me what were my symptoms etc, but didn’t offer therapy or refer me to anyone. I was prescribed meds (I tried 2 different ones) and ended up with other problems that mimick symptoms of depression in the first place! I was in a bad relationship at the time, and after it ended I stopped taking those meds & felt MUCH better. I felt normal again.

I wish I had just had someone to talk to during that time. In hindsight, I wish someone would have just gotten me out of that relationship a lot quicker! Eh, we live and learn I guess.

Post # 9
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think the first thing to do is talk to their doctor. A doctor can refer them to a qualified therapist. My mom has anxiety disorder and that is the first step she took!

Post # 10
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

If you know anything about their insurance coverage, you can also contact therapists on their behalf to talk about setting up an appointment and fees. Depending on income some therapists offer sliding scale payments. You can find affordable options at your local university, where a graduate psychology or counseling program will likely run a clinic staffed by graduate-level therapists.

The hardest step is the first one of reaching out to someone, and the next hardest step is to commit to a series of appointments. Speaking from personal and professional experience, it is common after admitting to a friend that you think you have depression to feel relieved and a bit better. After divulging their problems they often re-convince themselves that everything is fine, they feel embarrassed and say that they don’t want to be trouble, or they say that they don’t want to spend the time or money on therapy. Don’t buy it. Keep supporting them until they get themselves to a therapist.

Post # 11
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ditto talking to a doctor about getting a referral to therapy. Even if he/she is not interested in traditional talk therapy, there are other forms that are great. Sometimes medication is needed, but I prefer trying other methods first as they’re less invasive. 

Post # 12
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve had two very good friends who suffered from depression, I agree that they should go to therapy. That helped my friends out a lot!  They were also only on medication fo ra very short amount of time.  

Post # 13
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Some companies have an employee assistance program (EAP) that offer a certain number of confidential counseling sessions for free. Your loved one can contact HR where they works if they’re not sure if that’s an option.

If money’s an issue, a lot of community agencies offer therapy on a sliding scale.


Post # 14
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I agree with contacting a theapist. Particularly one who knows how to deal and talk with patients who have depression. Talking with family is good as well. Go to the library and read books on depression.There are lots out there that are good. That’s what I did, when I first realized my own depression. I started having symtoms of depression when I was 14 and it can be different for teenagers than for adults. Make sure they know that they’re not alone.

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