Are you asking yourself, “how to help my significant other with depression?”
When you deeply care about a person, you don’t want to see them down and depressed. That being said, you might not know what to do when they are having more than just a couple of bad days. These suggestions can help both you and them improve their overall outlook on life.
Are They Depressed or Just Sad?
You might be wondering how to help your significant other with depression, but you might also want to know if they’re actually depressed or just sad.
You may be asking, what’s the difference between an occasional bad day and depression? Feelings of sadness may come and go due to personal or professional issues. Depression on the other hand can last for months or even years. Depression usually also includes a loss of interest in activities, uncontrollable crying, weight loss or gain, thoughts of suicide, and/or trouble concentrating.
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If substance abuse is also present, things become more complicated. Many people try and make their bad feelings go away by self medicating by abusing drugs and alcohol. This only fuels more depression, leading to a vicious cycle of worsening depression and possible addiction.
Things You Can Do
If your significant other is clinically depressed and not just experiencing a down day or two. You probably want an answer to “how can I help my significant other who is depressed? ”
Suggest a few mindfulness practices, such as yoga and meditation. When people learn to take a mental break and focus on the present through focus and deep breaths, they often feel more relaxed and less stressed. This grounds them and gives them the opportunity to take a pause and evaluate what is going on.
Encourage them to talk to you or other people who are apart of their support system. Humans are naturally very social and depression makes people withdraw. Help them see the value in interacting with others.
Suggest therapy for depression. Your significant other may benefit from some mental health counseling. Remind them that there’s never anything wrong with admitting that they need help for a mental health issue. Let them know that if their body was hurt they’d see a doctor, so it is no different when their mental health is hurt.
Encourage them to seek addiction treatment if necessary. If they are trying to bury their bad feelings in drugs and alcohol, professional treatment is necessary. Without professional help, both problems can worsen.
If your significant other is struggling with their mental health and/or addiction visit our STOP WA Tacoma treatment center or call any of our Washington State locations.
To learn more about depression, including signs, symptoms, and risk factors, this article on Signs of Anxiety and Depression from the Harvard Health Letter provides a good overview.