How to Support a Partner Who's Suffering From Depression

It’s not easy watching your partner struggle with depression. When your loved one is suffering with more than just the blues, you might experience a variety of emotions, from feelings of powerlessness to frustration to uncertainty over how to help.

When our health specialists at Emerald Neuro-Recover in Carmel, Indiana, work with patients with depression, we encourage partners to be an active part of their treatment. If your partner has depression, here’s what you can do to support them.

Be there for your partner

For people with depression, simply being there during the difficult times is a huge form of support. Depression can cause patients to experience feelings of hopelessness, and just being a stable, comforting presence will help your partner feel less alone.

Let your partner know he or she means the world to you. You can also remind your partner of all the qualities that make him or her special to you.

Be an active part of your partner’s treatment

Many men and women with depression have a difficult time seeking treatment, so you can help your partner by supporting any kind of treatment he or she chooses. This can take different forms depending on the kind of help your partner is seeking and what type of treatment support he or she requests from you.

If your partner is getting help from medical practitioners, you can help schedule appointments and provide or arrange for transportation if needed. If your partner exercises as part of depression treatment, see if he or she would like a workout buddy.

Avoid platitudes and advice

It’s important to remember that depression is a medical condition. Trying to get your partner to cheer up won’t help them any more than it would help cure a patient with diabetes.

Don’t give in to the temptation to tell your partner how good his or her life is or how to feel better. Doing so is more likely to make your partner feel guilty about having depression than be productive or helpful.

Instead, do your best to listen to your partner’s needs and provide a supportive ear.

Ask what your partner needs

Every person with depression has different needs. Some might want to hear words of affirmation, while others will appreciate you running errands or cleaning the house.

When you’re not sure how to support your partner, don’t hesitate to ask. Your partner will feel grateful, and you’ll be able to provide just the right kind of help.

Practice your own self-care

Having a partner with depression might sometimes feel exhausting. As your partner seeks treatment for depression, it’s also important for you to get the support you need as a partner of a depressed person.

Don’t be afraid to keep doing the things you enjoy in life, including sometimes spending time with your friends and away from your partner. If you’re having a difficult time coping, finding a qualified practitioner to provide support can help you maintain balance while you support your partner.

When you have a partner with depression, you don’t need to go it alone. Our health specialists at Emerald Neuro-Recover will provide your partner with the treatment they need, while ensuring you also receive support.

If your partner has depression and needs help, don’t hesitate to call us at Emerald Neuro-Recover. We can provide a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan in a caring environment.

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