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what's the doctor's recommendation to help my depressed brother?

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Dr. Adam Tripp
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Therapy and meds: You could recommend they see a therapist for psychotherapy as well as possibly an antidepressant from a psychiatrist or primary care provider. Exercise, yoga, and meditation can often help depressive symptoms.

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My sister is depressed, but I don't know what to do. Should I scare her? Or encourage her? Nothing is working!

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jones answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Support, Encourage: Depression can be extremely difficult to deal with and people often don't recognize the extent of their illness. The best thing you can do is listen to her and find out how she's feeling. It's important to encourage her to get professional help and to let her know that you support her doing so. Depression is something most primary care physicians (along with psychiatrists) can treat effectively.
A 39-year-old member asked:

My sister is depressed and mean to me. This disease runs in the family, but I seem to set it off. Who can help.?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Talk to your: Parents... About your feelings... Family therapy can be very helpful and effective at helping family members get along better... Without any one person being blamed, or labeled... Even if you get them to take you to therapy just for yourself, that may be the first step, and then your therapist will help you recommend family therapy to your parents... Good luck!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Depression help for my sister-in-law needed. Biatchy and always negative at 48?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depresses sister: Ask your husband to suggest counselling for a starter.
A 44-year-old member asked:

My sister has depression and i don't want to leave her alone. What can I do for her even when i'm away?

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Dr. Raymond Coffin
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Focus your fears: So much depends on the details of your sister's history and current condition. I suggest starting by reflecting carefully on the specific concerns you have about leaving her for various lengths of time. That helps identify the specific types of support that may be important, i.e., won't eat, won't take her meds, will hurt herself, etc., and may suggest people or realistic options that could help.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to help my depressed brother?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Encourage your: brother to get a med eval. A Dr can assess for mood disorder & underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) helps w lasting change. Psych meds may be indicated. Here are basics: Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Having a support system is important. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours sleep/ night &
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
& eat healthfully. Try daily aerobic exercise, acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation.
Jun 2, 2014

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