If My Parent Has Depression, Will I?

If you’re an adult who no longer depends on your parent for basic care, you can create boundaries for your own mental wellness. Those boundaries include where and how you spend your time, and who you talk to about your mental health. Outside support from a mentor, counselor, or trusted friend can go a long way toward putting a healthy distance between you and your depressed parent while giving you the tools you need to start feeling better and being more independent.