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Your loved one or friend doesn't seem the same. You thought it was
the blues, but it's been going on for weeks. And it seems much worse than that.
Is your friend
grieving over something? Or could it be
If you want to learn more
about grieving, see the topic
Grief and Grieving. If you think someone close to
you is depressed, urge him or her to see a doctor.
will give you the tools to do so.
If you're worried about a loved
one or a friend, you probably want to talk to him or her about your concerns.
Here are some things you can do:
Many people have reasons why they don't want to
see a doctor. Talk about these barriers, and help the person find
"See a shrink? I'm not crazy."
"People will think I'm weak."
"What will my family and friends think?"
"It might hurt my career."
"I've had counseling before and didn't like it."
"Aren't medicines for depression addictive?"
"These medicines make you crazy or uninterested in sex."
"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."
"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment."
"I can't get there."
"I've tried to talk to people. They just don't get it and don't care."
"I can't afford it."
January 11, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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