Depression is a common illness. Statistics indicate that around 7 percent of adults in the USA experience depression at least once in their lives.

These numbers are also likely underestimating how prevalent depression is. This is because depression is often underreported due to embarrassment.

But, the fact that you likely know a few people who have dealt with depression in the past, it’s still hard when it happens to a loved one. When you hear a family member is suffering from depression, your first instinct is usually to help.

But, this can be tough when you don’t know how best to deal with someone who is depressed. This is because it can be intimidating not knowing what to say, or how to communicate with them. For this reason, we put together this article with a few ways you can help a loved one through a tough time in their lives.

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When depression hits a loved one, many can turn to drugs or alcohol. So, including some tips to help you stay clean and sober can help prevent using these substances as a crutch. This should be used in tandem with open and honest communication.

This is because alcohol and drugs can make depression progressively worse. Meanwhile, regular exercise and a diet rich in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates may help fight depression and improve mood.

So, when looking to help a loved one with depression, it’s important to look at more than just improving their mindset. Improving their physical state may be as important.