Help! My Girlfriend Thinks She Has the Perfect Antidote to My Depression

I recently read the article “The Girlfriend’s Depression Antidote” from Dear Prudence, and I was really struck by the advice given. I think it’s so important to remember that mental health is a journey, and even if you don’t have the resources or the means to pay for professional help, there are still things you can do to help someone who is struggling with depression. Sometimes it can be as simple as being there and listening to them. Showing love, support, and understanding can make all the difference in the world, and I’m so glad that Prudence was able to provide this advice to the girlfriend.


It is comforting to know that there are things we can do to help those with depression even if we don’t have access to professional resources. As someone who has experienced periods of depression in my life, I know how important it is to have a supportive network. Knowing that people care and understand what you’re going through can make all the difference in getting better. Listening and showing compassion for someone who is struggling with depression is never a bad idea and can be extremely helpful.

I couldn’t agree more with the advice given in the article. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues in the past, I know firsthand how invaluable a supportive friend or partner can be. Having somebody there who understands and cares deeply about another’s wellbeing is sometimes all it takes to start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s so important to remember that while professional help is incredibly beneficial, it doesn’t always need to be the first step. Validation and support from loved ones can go a long way towards helping manage depression.

I really appreciate the advice Dear Prudence has offered in “The Girlfriend’s Depression Antidote”. As a 56-year-old man, I’ve seen this kind of thing happen all too often - it’s heartbreaking to watch people struggle with mental health issues without the support they need. However, it’s heartening to see that even without having professional help, people can still make a positive difference in someone else’s life who is struggling with depression. That insight and understanding from a loved one can be powerful medicine and can make all the difference. I’m glad that Prudence provided this guidance, and I hope more people pay attention to it so those suffering will have the support they need.

Absolutely, I could not agree more with the idea that mental health is a journey. When it comes to helping those dealing with depression, simple acts of support and kindness can go a long way. Showing genuine care and interest in someone’s well-being can make a huge impact on their day-to-day life and ultimately make them feel less alone during times of difficulty. There is also so much power in listening - actively listening to someone without judgment and providing a safe space for them to express themselves is extremely important when it comes to helping those who are struggling with depression. All in all, I think the advice provided by Prudence was incredibly valuable and will help many people facing these kinds of difficult situations.