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Hello, my best friend is going through a severe depression since forever, he is seeing a psychiatrist but he's barely getting better, I really wanna help him, I always talk and listen to him and try to cheer him up but I feel that it's not enough because I'm not seeing an improvement. 

Please help and tell me what should I do. 

Thanks. 

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I have depression to so I know what it's like.  Sometimes when a person is depressed they just want to be left alone or sometimes they want to forget about it by doing something else to get their mind of the situation.  Just tell your friend that  you're here for them and that they can tell you anything  but make sure they know that you will help them. After you have done that change the subject to something light hearted . Hope this helps 

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On 9/10/2021 at 10:47 PM, Jane_123 said:

Hello, my best friend is going through a severe depression since forever, he is seeing a psychiatrist but he's barely getting better, I really wanna help him, I always talk and listen to him and try to cheer him up but I feel that it's not enough because I'm not seeing an improvement. 

Please help and tell me what should I do. 

Thanks. 

Hey Jane,

Welcome to our community. I'm glad to hear that your friend is seeing a psychiatrist; how long has he been going to them for? With mental health difficulties, change can take a while to see; the steps that one takes during this kind of difficulty are so small, and they can only really be noticed when looking back after a while. In this kind of situation, listening to the person is so important and really helpful, so I'm glad that he has got you there. I'm wondering, how do you think your support might be helping him, even though you're not seeing an improvement? 

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