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My dad has had a bout of depression come on and it seems pretty serious. Can you please please advise how to help a parent who is struggling? My sister had also been struggling for a long time and I am used to that but not sure how to help a parent. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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Recommend he see a therapist firstly. Invite him to a yoga class, on a walk, or to the gym with you (move a muscle, change a feeling). Try a SAD light for 10 minutes per day (I got a $30 one on Amazon. I notice a difference in 10 min of using it per day). It’s more above showering people with depression with love (invite them places with you, etc) don’t reprimand or scold them into taking behavior to fix the situation — bc that won’t.

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I was recently in a depressive rut and my default instinct was to block out the world & suffer in silence. My sister sensed the shift and would gently, non judgmentally engage me in conversation, ask how I was, just get me talking. Her presence & patient persistence provided me the space I needed to open up over time and eventually address it & getting help directly. Fully echo PwC 1’s call for love. It’s not within your power nor responsibility to fix someone, but you can remind them that you’re part of their team.

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