How to Live With a Depressed Person in Your Life

Depression can be an incredibly difficult burden to deal with. Even the simplest things in life can seem almost impossible when you feel like your life is falling apart. Even just getting through a simple workday can feel like the equivalent of having to walk through water.

Through no fault of their own, people dealing with depression can cause difficulty for those living with the person affected. People grappling with mental health problems can seem needy or demanding, and that can strain the patience of others to the point where it might even damage their relationship.

Here are some tips on how to live with a depressed person in your life:

Learn More About the Person’s Struggles

Understanding more about that mental health condition will put you in a better position to provide a helping hand, as well as understanding why they might be acting in a particular way.

Provide Support

Try and encourage your loved one to do things that will help with their situation, such as seeing a therapist, getting proper exercise, eating right, keeping a journal, etc.

Listen to Their Concerns

Some people with depression find it tough to speak with therapists, but can unburden themselves much more readily with loved ones. This should not be considered a replacement for a therapy session with a properly trained professional, but it can still be very cathartic. Also, the more you know about what they are going through, the better you can be at supporting them.

Remember to Take of Yourself

If you fail to keep up with your own needs, it will be nearly impossible for you to provide support. Worse still, you can develop your own mental health challenges as a result. Don’t forget to include some me time in your schedule and make the most of it.

Depression in Senior Citizens

Depression can strike anyone of any age, but senior citizens seem to be especially vulnerable when it comes to this form of mental illness. People in their golden years often struggle with daunting physical and cognitive issues that can reduce their ability to lead fully functional and productive lives, resulting in depression. It can also sometimes be difficult to then detect the depression because symptoms they display are sometimes misdiagnosed as being side effects from medication.

Here are some factors that can lead to depression in senior citizens:


Many seniors reach a point in their lives where travel becomes more difficult. As a result, they may lose touch with friends and loved ones, and begin to feel quite isolated. Those living in managed care might even see them less due to geographic distance.

Physical Ailments

When we feel poorly, it almost always has a negative affect on our mood. In addition to common ailments like cold and flu, seniors’ moods can be impacted by more serious problems common to this stage in life, such as heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and dementia.


We mentioned above that depression can sometimes go untreated in seniors because it can be mistaken as side effects from medication. However, there are certain meds that can actually induce or worsen depression. These include blood pressure medication, painkillers, beta blockers, steroids, and drugs to treat high cholesterol.

Lack of Exercise

Whether it be physical limitations, location, or lack of motivation to get up and do something, not having regular forms of exercise in life can be a factor in developing depression.

Poor Sleeping Habits

Many older people do not sleep well due to having to use the bathroom more frequently, unruly roommates in managed care facilities, etc. Lack of proper rest can lead to lessened enjoyment of life and depression.

Does Weather Affect Your Mood?

Are you the type of person who feels down a lot during the winter months? Does a warm and sunny summer day just make you feel happier? Does a downpour make you want to go inside and just crawl under the covers?

It seems pretty clear that there are definitely some individuals out there whose mood is influenced by the weather outside. This subject has been gaining interest in the wake of the more extreme examples of weather the world has experienced recently. With climate change continuing even faster than scientists initially predicated, that sort of thing will no doubt continue and possibly even get much worse.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a well-known cause of depression for some. It mainly affects people during the winter when the reduction of sunshine and inability to enjoy as much time outdoors causes them to feel deflated. However, it can actually occur during any time of the year; people who don’t like hot weather may experience SAD during the summer months.

Extreme weather can also cause high levels of stress, which may lead to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The weather events may bring this about, but so can the aftermath of something like a tornado or tsunami. Having to rebuild your life after the loss of a home or relatives can take a major toll on a person.

It should be noted that unpleasant weather can further heighten a person’s already negative mood. Studies have also shown that crimes involving violence tend to increase during particularly hot stretches of weather. Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, homicides tend to drop during cold weather. It may seem simplistic to say this is due to people not wanting to go outside in the cold, but there may well be some truth to that.