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What should I do if I think a friend is depressed

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
34 years experience Neurology
Encourage: If you are close to this friend, an open discussion about your concerns may be the place to start and then encourage him/her to discuss this with a pr ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Encourage your: Friend to get a med eval. A Dr can assess for mood disorder & underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or in ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Encourage your: Friend to get a med eval. A doctor can assess for mood disorder & check for underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farrant Sakaguchi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get support and help: When people are depressed, it is important to have the right support in place. The first line is having good friends to listen. Parents can also be ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
19 years experience psychiatry
Support : When a friend has an illness, it is best to be a good support system for them - but not in a smothering way. You may also want to educate yourself ab ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Encourage your: Friend to start w a medical evaluation. A doctor can assess for a mood disorder & check for underlying medical conditions that may be the cause s ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
Encourage them to: Encourage them to find a good therapist and make sure they do. Invite them to go out to events. Talk to them on the phone. Do things that make them la ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
19 years experience psychiatry
Support : When a friend has an illness, it is best to be a good support system for them - but not in a smothering way. You may also want to educate yourself ab ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Encourage your : Acquaintance to start with a medical evaluation by a physician. A doctor can not only assess for a mood disorder but can also check for underlying me ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vertino
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Support and steer: Support for your friend is important here. But ultimately, steering them toward treatment is the best thing to do for a true friend. Offer to go wit ... Read More

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