Is there a way to help the people you love fight depression and Suicidal thoughts? I am feeling helpless over my inability help this person in my family.
- Cisco xceM43Depression is not only a mental condition. It’s a physical one as well. Get him to see a doctor and get medicines. Medicines can help
- MathWorks £€€¥Don't take advice from Blind, get the person to talk to a professional. Depression has so many factors that no one here can give you the right advice.
- Somewhere deep inside they are stuck in an emotional loop where they are constantly thinking about an incident or an event.
Try to reach there and help them realize that there was no other possible outcome no matter how much they could have tried otherwise. Once you push them, they will realize and may emotionally free themselves.
I have tried it and it works.
- That could work but I can’t freely communicate with them because of relationship dynamics. I know they are in severe pain because of depression but I can’t even bring up the topic except for asking if they have taken their meds. How do I get them to trust me and let them share?
- You have them to share their feelings with you by developing trust with them. They should feel like their true feelings are safe with you.
Ask about their day. Their week. Their work life. Never imply to them that you are concerned about their depression. Soon they may start to share details of their life that helps you build a picture. Over a period of time start suggesting interesting activities that helps them break out of their regular loop.Feb 71
- I want to be able to support and stay strong. I don’t think just the meds are enough for holistic healing.
- New -joker-You are right. Just the medicines don't cut it.
Here's what I suggest:
1. Try being around them physically as much as possible and impart positivity (preaching always may not work so just little things like calling over friends for dinner to get the mind distracted, keeping the house organized and fresh with scented candles and fragrances and designer lights etc, playing relaxing music etc)
2. Try to analyze what negative thoughts or situations get them stuck in a loop. Try to minimize conversations around those topics.
3. Plan a travel with them to their choice of place.
4. Do things together with them to break the monotony like watch a movie (be cautious about the choice of movie), or put some party music and dance, or get the creativity out through painting etc, or go shopping together.
5. Help them set up a meditation routine.
6. Listen to them. Let them get out there negative thoughts, but make sure to cut the conversation if they get stuck in an emotional loop while talking (refer to my previous points)
7. Minimize their use of social media, if possible
8. Set up small short-term chievable goals together like complete 14 days of everyday running streak, or complete a blog by the weekend.
The key is to distract their mind, make them feel involved, and help them realize their self worth.Feb 72
- New dluz61One important thing is to validate feelings rather than argue with them. There's this really natural tendency when someone tells you "I'm such a failure" (or whatever) to tell them that they aren't and try to reason it out. But all that does is force them to further argue why you're wrong and try to prove they suck, which just digs them in deeper. It's better to be like, "it must be hard to feel that way. I don't see you that way, but I can understand how hard it is to feel feel that way."
- PayPal wervzivBuy them tickets to another continent. Take them to airport with the pretext that you're going out. Push them into the plane. See the magic!