Caring for a Depressed Person


12 Signs of Depression in Men

Clinical depression—in women or men—can cause sadness and a loss of interest in once pleasurable activities. But depression can sometimes manifest in different ways in different people. Here are 12 signs of depression in men.   View slideshow


How to Help Someone Who's Depressed

When someone is clinically depressed, you want to be there for that person. But keep in mind that this is a medical condition, so support may mean more than just offering a shoulder to cry on. Here are nine things you can do for someone with depression.   View slideshow


13 Helpful Books About Depression

Some amazing books have been written about depression—from how-to-help advice books to autobiographies written by people battling the “black dog” (Winston Churchill’s name for his depression). If you’re interested in the topic, these books are worth checking out.   View slideshow

How to Stay Up When Someone You Love Is Down

Molly’s depression had been under control for 10 years. But when she gave birth, she stopped taking antidepressants so she could breastfeed. The first week was “bliss,” says Molly, now 28. The second week was a different story. “The symptoms started and got progressively worse, to the point that I was just crying all day every day,” she says.  Read More


10 Things to Say (and 10 Not to Say) to Someone With Depression

What do you say to someone who’s depressed? All too often, it’s the wrong thing. Here is a list of helpful things to tell someone battling depression, and even more importantly, what not to say.   View slideshow


8 Signs Someone Is at Risk of Suicide

It can be hard to identify suicidal thinking in a loved one; there is no foolproof checklist to follow. But here are some warnings signs that might mean he is at risk.   View slideshow


Family Therapist Barry Jacobs Talks About How to Care for Someone with Depression

 Barry Jacobs,, Psy.D.
Barry Jacobs,, Psy.D.
Clinical psychologist and family therapist
Q: I think I am taking on my depressed partner's symptoms. Is there any evidence that depression is contagious?

A: Major depression is not contagious, though caregivers can become miserable, which could potentially influence your mood or make you feel depressed. Read More

How to Care for Someone Who Is Suicidal

How to offer real help when someone you love is hitting bottom
Depression tends to come back, especially if it's not treated or is only partially treated. Sometimes the people who live with a depressed person are better at spotting the signs of a recurrence sooner than the person himself. Increasing isolation is often a clue, as is sadness, expressions of worthlessness or guilt, and sleeping or eating too much or too little. If you've seen this pattern before, you know...  Read More

Video: Perspectives on Caring for a Depressed Person