you can try but I don't know how successful you'll be when the person you're trying to help doesn't admit there is a problem.
Just be there for them. That is all they want form you.
I agree with most of these answers, but a little differently. When you see someone depressed, you want to help them by curing their depression, but if they don't see the problem, your cures for their depression are aimless and they'll see what you're trying to do and possibly hate and shun you for it. Most people that have a problem (even tho they deny it) notice when people are intentionally trying to fix the problem. Like if you're chronically tired and someone starts telling you how you should eat, sleep, and take care of yourself, you'll know that they are trying to cure your fatigue. Does that make sense?
So, no, you can't cure their depression, but you CAN take the edge off. Just be yourself, be there when they ask you to be, and randomly do nice things for them once in a while. If you see them looking a little blue, maybe take them out to eat or go see a movie with them. Just those small things will help, and they won't withdraw because they feel like you're trying to change them.
I guess, basically, if you want to help a person, be a good friend when you can. Be that person that's different from the rest. Just don't try and do everything for them. It'll steal the life from you and they'll hate you for it. Whenever you do something, your intentions are often clear, so don't make your intention, 'help his/her depression.' Just make it, 'let's make today a good day for him/her.'
It's the small things. Once in a while, a big thing, too. But don't force yourself to be his/her therapist. It's up to them to ask for help when they need it, don't try and read their minds all the time. It might be hard to watch them slip away and you feel like you can confront the problem for them, but you can't choose for them. And if they see you trying, they'll be angry. Control is a big issue when you're depressed. Help them get back that control, don't take matters into your own hands.
someone has to know they have a problem for you to be able to even begin to help. trying to get them to admit it may only push that person further away from you, you're trying to open thre eyes to something they are obviously trying not to see.
Try to establsih as accurately as possible the type of depression there're having. The last thing is to mis-diagnose. Next, don't hv expectations on them & accept that it will be a long road. Reason is, if one is gonna get upset, it won't do them or u any good.
The best scenario, is to persuade them to see a doctor. If all else fails, try to uncover why are they in denial. There could be several reasons. And next, the possible causes for it - do all this more as a friend & as a conversation, rather than a patient, as the word depression is likely taboo to them. In their eyes, their not sick, you're the one who's sick if u think they are.
By having a better understanding of the resaons behind their denial & causes, it might help u decide what are your options. In which case, i feel is to seek professional help for the person provided they are willing. So it may help you to persuade them to do so. - But don't expect miracles, or u'll be dissapointed.
Above all, don't let them feel as if you're judgemental, unloved, uncared, that's likely to worsen their condition, though that's gonna be a challeng for u with their condition. Hope this helps......
Other than forcing them to get treatment, there isn't much you can do.
Sadly, sometimes the only thing we can do is watch them crash and burn.
Yes,becouse everything is possible...
no you really can't help someone that doesn't want to help themselves. The first step in getting help is admition and if that person can't admit that there depressed theres nothing nuch anyone can do.
not many people will admit it..u can help by just being there,without pressure.u know thats the most important..u be happy and i wish ur friend will find happiness soon
If they're on medication it maybe possible. However,most
of the medication just make it worse.
I knew a person that was depressed She was the only
one that held out her hand in group for kids that were molested. She befriend me!
Time went on we crossed path more than once and I slowly seen her go into a dark place. I tried to help her
but she wouldn't let me help her.
THis is so sad I seen her one last time she gave me a hug and two days later she was found dead in her bathroom from a heartattack.
Depression consumed her life, However, I choose to live
different . God rest her soul SHe was only 33 yrs old.
This probably isn't the answer you were looking for.
Maybe I finally just needed to express myself.
It's truly a 50% chance of helping them if they choose to.
No it is not possible especially as they do not admit it. Best of luck.
No dear. I'm afraid it is the same as anyone in denial. The best thing you can do is take good care of yourself and enjoy life and that person will be more likely to see the good thing you have and want it for themselves & get help.
and pray for them.