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How to Talk to Your Family About Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

How to Talk to Your Family About Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

Talking to your family about your Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) is an important step in the healing process. Your family can play a pivotal role in providing some of the support you need to overcome this condition.

More importantly, having them onboard as partners can help make the process that much easier for you. Here are some tips on how you can sit down and discuss TRD with your loved ones.

Choose the Right Time and Place to Talk About TRD

As a first step, try to speak with your family under ideal conditions. This means choosing the right time and place.

How do you know what the right time and place are?

With regards to time, make sure that everyone involved has enough time cleared to sit down and have a real conversation. This is not something you want to rush through. If that means having the conversation at the dinner table, so be it.

Generally, however, you want a location that is free of distraction, private and comfortable for everyone. At home, in the living room might work or on the back porch if the weather is good. The focus should be on giving everyone time to process while ensuring the comfort of everyone involved.

Define Healthy Boundaries at the Beginning

From the first moments of your discussion, you need to make clear what you need from the conversation—support. As well-intentioned as it may be, you do not need their advice or, worse, any confusing misinformation. Let them know from the get-go that you are having this conversation to let them know the facts and that you are seeking support rather than advice.

State the Facts of Treatment-Resistant Depression

Provide a fact-based overview of what TRD is. You might even bring materials or pamphlets provided by your doctor or therapist that can help your loved ones process this information.

There is no need for you to get into extensive personal details; a simple statement of the facts is the best starting point and will give your family a framework for processing and starting the work that must follow this conversation.

Expect Resistance and Confusion

Understand from the beginning that you may encounter resistance and/or confusion from your family. For those who have never experienced depression, it can be a confusing enough condition; when it is treatment-resistant, it might become doubly so.

Your family might say that you have already received treatment and that you should be better by now. Responding with the facts and maintaining your boundaries will help your family understand and keep you focused on getting the support you need.

Explain How They Can Help

Chances are that your family will want to step up and offer you help. Communicate to them what form of help you need and are ready to accept. This involves careful consideration on your part beforehand. Ask yourself what you are ready to accept, and what might be helpful, in terms of help and emotional support. Consider, too, what your family will be capable of offering.

Finally, work in partnership with your therapist in advance of this conversation. Together, you can work on your boundaries, what information to impart and how to ensure your own health and well-being during this process.

We’ll Help You Take the First Step

If you are experiencing symptoms of TRD, there is no time like the present to seek help. Reach out to one of our mental health experts near you today to go over what options you have in treating TRD.