Maintaining Your Social Life

It may help you in your recovery to identify and build a support network. You may want to look into joining a support group in your area. Friends and family can provide support and help you get things done, such as taking you to the doctor.

Sometimes starting a conversation with a friend or family member is a difficult first step. The tips below may help you.

Start With How You Are Feeling

Be honest and straightforward about what you have been experiencing. It might be useful to describe your symptoms. Just talking about being depressed may help you feel better.

Other ways to start the conversation could be:

  • “I’ve seen a doctor about the way I’ve been feeling lately, and I want to tell you about it…”
  • “I’ve been diagnosed with depression, so I need to make my health a priority right now…”
  • “My doctor says I have depression. I’m getting treatment to help me feel better, but I could use your support too…”

Explain Depression

Share what you know about depression—that it is a real disease with many causes, and that treatment can work.1 Your friends and family make up your support network. The more they understand about your illness, the better they will be able to support you.

Suggest Spending Time Together

Let your loved ones know that their company can help you feel better. Think of activities you can do together, such as a morning walk, doing the crossword, shopping or watching a movie.

Ask for What You Need

Remember, you are not in this alone. Friends and family will be a source of comfort for you. And they will know how important their support is to your life. So do not be afraid to ask for help. Remember, it is all part of getting better.