Professional care for depression

Recognise depression for what it is. It is an illness that needs treatment just like any other illness the human body can experience and needs specialised care. Depression will not go away by ignoring it and no matter how much love, understanding and energy you pour into your partner’s life, this alone will not heal the depression.

Point your partner in the right direction

If your partner is showing the symptoms of depression one of your biggest challenges will be to assist them recognise their emotional unwellness and the need for them to seek out medical attention. This is where you will be mixing your extraordinary skills as a communicator and as the “leveller” in the relationship.

Use all the resources that are available to you:  

Depending on the extent of your partner’s depression he will need to at least see a general practitioner (GP) and if improvement is not seen within a reasonable period of time, then your GP will most likely refer your partner to a specialist or specialists for appropriate medical care.

Thank heavens for expert care:  

My experience has been – “thank heavens we have access to the medical practitioners who are specialised in the area of emotional and mental wellbeing”. Malcolm and I found that the combined care of a psychiatrist and psychologist worked well for our situation. Each situation is different and it is wise to be guided by the specialist you may be referred to. The psychiatrist has expert knowledge on appropriate medications your partner may need to take to assist his recovery. You will experience a great sense of release and relief when your partner is under the care of an expert.

Accountability:  

This may be worth noting. It is not uncommon for a person who has been on medication for a period of time and is experiencing a respite from the symptoms of depression to stop taking their medication. Be mindful of this and discreetly vigilant. If your partner is under the care of a specialist this will hold him accountable and you will avoid the drama and resultant fallout that can come from untimely reduction or cessation of medication.

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