How to help people suffering from depression: tips for friends and family to support their loved ones

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When Singaporean Chris Tan suffered from an acute stroke at the age of 33, his life took a turn for the worse. He lost the use of his left hand – his dominant hand – and had to relearn even the simplest tasks, like feeding himself and buttoning his shirt.

That same year, in 2005, Tan began having suicidal thoughts. He also experienced chronic insomnia and felt hopeless about his future.

When the emotional struggle became too much to bear, Tan sought professional help and was diagnosed with…

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