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helping depressed friend

hi
can u help me with this
i have a friend, and i think he's depressed, he has panic attacks and even insomnia.
i would like to help me but i dont know what to do.
in his family there has been a uncle who killed himself.
and i'm scared to be with him now, because i dont want my life ruined.
what should i do ?
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replied May 8th, 2008
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Your friend does sound like he may have depression. He needs to go see a psychiatrist and get some professional help. Medication can offer him relief from the depression. Seeing a psychologist can offer him someone to talk to and they can teach him coping skills to handle his depression.

You are right to be concerned. Depression can lead to suicide in some people but it does not have to be that way. Many mental disorders are genetic and the disorder will run in the family. Try to encourage your friend to see a doctor. Perhaps he will go if you will go with him. He may just need the support.
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replied July 29th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
You should motivate him for consultation with psychiatrist. Give him hope and always try to keep him relax.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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