If you are in a relationship with someone who suffers from depression, you are likely to feel confused by how to best help them. First, educate yourself on what depression is and the signs and symptoms. Being informed will help you better understand what your partner is experiencing. Next, assist them in seeking professional help if they haven’t done so already. Someone who is experienced at treating depression will be your best resource for helping your partner navigate his or her feelings. If your partner would like moral support, you can see a therapist trained to work with groups (such as an MFT) and attend therapy with them. Lastly, be able to recognize signs of suicide. These include having thoughts of taking their own life, making statements about things being better without them, sudden and unexplained happiness after a period of severe depression, and giving away their possessions. If your partner has done any of these, contact emergency services immediately.
This topic of the week was brought to you by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT