Tips for Caregivers

from New York State Office for the Aging. Includes the following tips for the caregiver of a person with depression:

  • Educate yourself about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression. You need to understand what you’re dealing with before you can help.
  • Irritability and hostility are common symptoms of depression. Often, a depressed person will say hurtful things or lash out in anger. Remember that this is the depression talking, not your loved one, so don’t take it to heart.
  • It can be frustrating to watch a depressed loved one struggle, especially if progress is slow or stalled. Having patience is important. Even with the proper treatment, recovery from depression doesn’t happen overnight.
  • It doesn’t help anyone involved if you are making excuses, covering up the problem, or lying for a friend or family member who is depressed. In fact, this may keep the depressed person from seeking treatment

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