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Helping Your Depressed Friend Helping Your Depressed Friend: How to Support Your Loved One While Caring For Yourself

While no one wants to see a loved one suffer, seeing a friend in the depths of clinical depression brings a unique kind of pain and anguish. Relationships are usually about give and take. When a friend becomes depressed, his or her ability to give (or to receive) is severely curtailed. In addition, you may feel helpless or frustrated because you can't seem to reach someone who is so close to you.

Now, in this groundbreaking e-book, Douglas Bloch will explain how you can spot depression in a friend and how to help him or her seek effective treatment. In addition, much of this material can be used to help a friend who suffers from anxiety or bipolar disorder. It is Douglas's wish that this information may empower you to bring hope and healing into your friend's life.



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Table of Contents

Introduction ................................................................................................ 3


Chapter 1
How to Recognize the Symptoms of Depression in Your Friend ................. 4


Chapter 2
What You Can Do to Help ........................................................................ 10


Chapter 3
How to Respond If Your Friend Refuses Help .......................................... 16


Chapter 4
A Guide to Psychiatric Medications .......................................................... 19


Chapter 5
Substance Abuse and Your Friend’s Depression ..................................... 26


Chapter 6
Suicide Prevention ................................................................................... 30


Chapter 7
The Decision to Hospitalize ...................................................................... 37


Chapter 8
Caring For Yourself When Your Friend is Depressed .............................. 41


Chapter 9
How to Form a Healing Circle For Your Friend ......................................... 48


Chapter 10
Some Final Thoughts ............................................................................... 53


Resources For Wellness ...................................................................... 54


CHAPTER 1 (Partial)

HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN YOUR FRIEND

A depressive illness is a “whole body” disorder, involving one’s physiology, biochemistry, mood, thoughts and behavior. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you think and feel about yourself, others and the world. Clinical depression is not a passing blue mood or a sign of personal weakness. Subtle changes in the brain’s chemistry can create a terrible malaise in the body-mind-spirit that can affect every dimension of your being. Depression is called the “common cold” of mental illness, not because its symptoms are mild but because the disease is so widespread across cultures. It is the most diagnosed mental health disorder in the United States and the most lethal (6 percent of all untreated depressive episodes result in suicide attempts.).

According to an estimate in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, each year depression accounts for a $43.7 billion burden on the American economy, as measured in medical costs, lost productivity in the workplace and at home, and lost contributions of wage earners who die from depression-related suicide. Although depression has become the malaise of our times, it has plagued humankind since antiquity. King Saul of the Bible (who needed David’s music to soothe his despondency) was a classic depressive.

The Greeks were the first to understand the biological nature of depression and gave it the name “melancholia” (from the roots “melaina chole,” meaning “black bile). In the 17th century, English scholar Robert Burton wrote the definitive work of the era on the subject called The Anatomy of Melancholy. Though depression is a serious illness, it is highly treatable,. Unfortunately, the majority of people with depression do not seek help because the symptoms are unrecognized, misdiagnosed, or because the individual is deterred by the stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness.

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Depression is a complex disorder and its symptoms express themselves on many levels. Depression creates physical problems, behavioral problems, distorted thinking, changes in emotional well being,troubled relationships and spiritual emptiness.


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