In the know: Use others to help depressed patients

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, April 19, 2010

The support and involvement of family and friends can be crucial in helping someone who is depressed. It is especially helpful if family and friends encourage the patient to stick with treatment and practice the coping techniques and problem-solving skills he or she is learning during therapy. As a nurse, you can help family members of people with depression. Suggest that family members:

  • Educate themselves and others about depression to help them understand what their loved on is experiencing.
  • Help their loved one stick to his or her treatment plan. This means making sure that medicines are available if prescribed, attending therapy session with the person if needed, helping the person to make recommended lifestyle changes, and encouraging the person to follow-up with the proper healthcare provider, especially if the treatment needs to be adjusted.

For more tips, check out HCPro's book, Stressed Out about Difficult Patients

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