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Focusing on someone else's problems may be a great coping strategy for patients with depression.
Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, talks how problems may seem less intense for patients with depression if they focus their attention on volunteering.
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 https://susannoonanmd.com.