In the know: Be the lift for patients when they are low

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, November 3, 2008

Appropriate treatment can help ease symptoms of depression in patients, but it's essential to monitor their conditions and responses to medications to get them feeling like their old selves again.

In general, remind patients that their negative feelings and attitudes are symptoms of their condition, and that positive thinking will replace negative thinking as they respond to treatment and their mood lifts. By doing this, you are acknowledging that you believe the person is depressed and is not faking it. In addition, this provides hope for the patient that things will get better.

You can also:

  • Offer genuine emotional support: understanding, patience, affection, and encouragement
  • Engage the depressed person in conversation and listen carefully
  • Point out realities and offer alternatives
  • Be nonjudgmental and accepting, and offer genuine praise

Source: Stressed Out About Difficult Patients, HCPro, Inc. 2007. Be sure to pick up your copy today!


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