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The team at the Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy centre understand that supporting a loved one who is experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety can be a challenging, but a necessary endeavor. It can be hard to see people we love experiencing symptoms, such as feelings of panic, obsessive thoughts, uncontrollable worry, fatigue, feelings of emptiness/worthlessness or sadness. We often see family members, friends and romantic partners seeking guidance on how they can reduce their loved one’s hardships. Thus, we have compiled a few tips for those who are in this situation. 

1.Engage in an open conversation with them to see how they view their experience with anxiety/depression and what they believe they need to feel supported. Do your best to avoid providing advice or judgement when having these conversations and engage in active listening.

2.Educate yourself on the challenges they may be experiencing, which can be done through consulting a therapist, reading online articles or books.

3.Support your loved one in whatever ways seem necessary for them

    • Acts of support can range from being a person that they can call when they need a listening ear to preparing meals. However, do not forget the fact that it is important to set healthy boundaries for yourself. 

4.Do not lose sight of your own health, physically and mentally. You may feel a need to disregard your own self-care or feel as if you are becoming absorbed in their challenges. You will be more successful in supporting your loved one if you feel well. 

    • You may want to try therapy for yourself. By taking part in psychotherapy some of the benefits would include having a safe space to release any frustrations and provide you with tools for dealing with the stressors of everyday life that occur when trying to help someone suffering. 

5.Encourage your family member to seek professional help.

    • Psychotherapy and/or neurofeedback can effectively treat symptoms of depression and anxiety. If they are reluctant, try expressing how you have witnessed the symptoms negatively impact their life and offer to company the first appointment, if possible. 

6.Take threats of suicide seriously and call 911. To contact the Toronto Distress Centres, please call 416-408-4357.

The Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy Centre offers neurofeedback and psychotherapy services with several qualified practitioners. Click here to book a free consultation today!