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How to Tell If Someone You Love Is Depressed — and What to Do About It

Do you suspect a friend might be depressed? It can happen to anyone. Depression is more common than you think — no one is immune. You don’t have to “fix” your friend’s problems, but there’s a lot you can do to help them cope. Here’s what depression looks like from the outside — and how you can act as a reliable support system for a person you love.

They’re forgetful

A frustrated woman looks at her phone.

A frustrated woman looks at her phone. Help a loved one by leaving helpful reminders. | Fizkes/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Concentration problems and memory loss are common depression symptoms, says Healthline. Try not to get frustrated when chores go undone or conversations vanish as if they never happened. Try leaving short reminders — sticky notes, text messages, voicemails. It’s a great way to keep in touch and gently motivate your loved one to complete small tasks and feel purposeful.

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