How Can Loved Ones Help?

Patients with bipolar disorder or depression want to feel normal. What can loved ones do to help?

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, talks how family and friends should support, listen, and refrain from judging when dealing with a loved one with bipolar disorder or depression.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at