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Leann Poston, M.D.
Leann Poston, M.D. earned her medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed an MBA from Raj Soin College of Business, focusing on healthcare. She is a full-time medical communication writer and educator.
March 8, 2021
People struggling with depression often avoid help, but they need someone like you. The best things you can do for someone with depression is:
“Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest,” according to Mayo Clinic.
If someone you know is struggling with depression and you are concerned that they might hurt themselves or someone else, call for help immediately: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
The best way you can help a friend with depression is to express that you’re there for them. Let them know you don’t look at them any differently, that what they’re feeling is valid, and you’re available to help in any way you can. Offer to go to doctor’s appointments with them if you’re available.
If you have a friend who has depression and struggles to keep their home clean or shop for groceries, you could offer to help in those areas as well. The key is to facilitate your friend’s transfer into professional treatment rather than attempt to treat their depression yourself.
Whether you’re struggling yourself or you know someone who is, there are many helpful treatment options available for those with depression.
Many factors contribute to depression. Understanding what causes depression and which type of depression your friend or loved one struggles with will help you help them.
Types of depression:
Depression can look different for a lot of people. Some of the most commonly found signs that someone is depressed or may have a depressive disorder are the following:
Not many people are familiar with high-functioning depression. A person with any type of depression can be high-functioning. A high-functioning person with depression can be hard to recognize because there are often no obvious signs the person is struggling as they forge ahead with life. Just because a person can hide their symptoms of depression does not mean they are not feeling them.
Many of those suffering from this experience exhibit the same signs listed above. They are less likely to display these signs or symptoms to anyone else. Even if someone with high-functioning depression isn’t exhibiting outward symptoms, they can still be locked in a battle with their depression internally.
There are a variety of different ways to get help for depression. No matter one’s age, race, life experience, or income, these treatment options below can help you take back your life and free yourself from the burden of depression. Just like anything else, when it comes to your health, be sure to talk with your doctor about which option would be best for you.
EverydayDr gets help too. We partner with award-winning telehealth provider PlushCare to provide online doctor appointments, prescription writing, and therapy. You can book a same-day appointment to speak with a professional doctor at PlushCare’s booking site.
For those interested in prescription deliveries through PlushCare’s mental health program, please fill out your assessment here.
Primary physicians will often prescribe their patients a medication but also suggest combining that with talk therapy. PlushCare’s mental health program offers some of the best and most common options for depression help, including online therapy.
There is a definite relationship between your gut and your brain. What you use to fuel your body can significantly affect your mood for better or worse. Loading up with junk food, sugary snacks, or convenient fast food can affect your mood and leave you feeling tired and unable to cope. There are several delicious and healthy options available that are good for your brain and your body!
When it comes to natural depression treatments, there are a few different options. For starters, exercise is known as one of the best medicines, and it does not require a prescription. Moving your body can help those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
You could also try natural supplements like St. John’s Wort, GABA, 5-HTP, and more. Be sure to talk with your doctor about adding a supplement to ensure it won’t interact with anything else you’re taking.
There are a variety of different medications available for those with depression. Your doctor might suggest a mood stabilizer, a beta-blocker, or an antidepressant. You very well may get a combination of drugs to help.
Our partner PlushCare can deliver prescription medications to patients with depression safely and securely. Go to PlushCare’s mental health prescription program for more information.
There are five different types of antidepressants:
A doctor or therapist will work with you to find which drug, or combination of drugs, works best for you. Each medication comes with a variety of side effects that can vary greatly depending on the individual. You may need to try a few different antidepressants before finding the dose and type that works for your needs.
Therapy is a crucial treatment for anyone with depression. A therapist can help figure out what the cause is, give you advice for combating depression, and is a third-party who can listen to you when you need someone. If you don’t feel comfortable going to a therapy appointment alone, you can often bring a trusted friend or family member to the appointment.
Thanks to the good old internet, depression treatment is available online via telehealth appointments. Both primary care physicians and therapists offer services online. It’s common for those with depression to want to stay home, so it often helps to first chat with someone online who can help.
Therapists often offer video calls, telephone calls, texting, chatting, and more. If you want a consultation about starting an antidepressant, you can do that online as well. Book an appointment today through PlushCare to get therapy help.
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