HOW CAN I HELP WITH DEPRESSION?
My treatment for depression involves engaging the person in a joint effort to:
1) Understand the nature of the depression (what is biochemical and what is situational),
2) Identify what helps them feel better and expand upon that,
3) Identify what triggers depressive episodes and help them learn and practice strategies to manage such episodes eg. self soothing, thought stopping, creative expression, emotional release, healthy thinking/reframing,
4) Practice healthy living eg. exercise, nutrition, sleep, socializing, being in nature, engaging in creative expression. For some talking back to the depression as a part but not all of themselves is helpful.