help <her> improve her depression

dorajikkot

Senior Member
Korean
A friend of mine has been suffering from Depression since her husband died.

She started seeing a psychologist last week.

The counseling services from the psychologist helps improve her depression/helps her improve her depression.

Which one should I use in the sentence?

Please, give me your help,

Thank you,
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    The psychologist isn't trying to improve your friend's depression. The psychologist doesn't want to create a better depression. The psychologist wants to help your friend "recover from" her depression. Or the psychologist wants her < condition / emotional state > to "improve."

    The way we talk about illness and getting better is confusing. We say you '<get better/recover> from an illness.' When you recover from an injury, we say your broken leg (for instance) gets better, but we don't say that about an illness.
     

    dorajikkot

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Then,
    Can I say "her depression is improving by the counseling from the psychologist"?

    And,

    Can I say "The psychologist helps her decrease her depression"?

    Sorry, I am a little confused...
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    US English
    Note that "her depression" is not a thing. Her mind is a thing. Her emotional state is a thing.

    Her emotional state is "depressed". She is "depressed". Her psychologist is helping her become "less depressed".

    Now turn "she becomes less depressed" into a noun phrase: "her depression is reduced".
     
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