"Depression is not just a biological illness. It is also a family illness because it affects relationships with children, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and even friends." Quote from Dr. William Beardslee, physician-in-chief and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital of Boston.
Read about the types of depression, symptoms, the role of family and friends, helping someone receive and manage treatment, and dealing with caregiving emotions.
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Learn about the three basic types of depression.
Read how families and friends are essential in helping those who are depressed. Get answers to your questions:
Family members and friends can be helpful in reporting changes in symptoms and managing treatments.
How do I deal with my own emotions? There are common caregive emotions that many people understand. Learn that your reactions are normal, you are not alone, and it is not your fault.
Remember, depression is highly treatable and 80% of patients improve with treatment. There is support and hope. The more you know, the better you can cope.