I'm dealing with this very issue right now with a client and it's hard. Every session is filled with "I don't know what to do.", "I can't sleep.", "I have no energy.", "I feel so anxious." It's hard to listen to over and over again for an hour but I'm sure it's harder to live with for the person deep in it. I just try to give my client little tips to try to get to sleep at night. I keep reminding this client that I am not a therapist in this area but I try to just be patient with her.
She does say she feels better when she's working with me but then routinely cancels sessions with every excuse under the sun. Many times at the last minute. I just have to listen, be patient and re-book when possible.
Because of the medications they tend to need to go on for the depression, they often have to give up some independence and stop driving which in turn makes them more anxious. It's a vicious cycle. Most will eventually come out of it with or without some help.
The holidays are a huge source of anxiety for many people too and we're in the thick of them now.
Some ways to help a person in this might be to just connect with them from time to time, a call or an email might just do the trick.
I've suggested to my client that when her brain fires up when it's time for bed to get up and go read a book or watch a little tv in another room 'til the eyes get tired and go back to bed. Another tip was to keep eyes closed and start to focus on your breathing. Deep, full inhalations and then slow, controlled exhalations. It's the exhalation that enables your relaxation response. Try to make your exhalation twice as long as your inhalation. It'll start to calm down the mind and the body and help you to relax.
If you are possessed by this, try these ideas they just may help you. Again, I'm not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist just a physical trainer with a little knowledge here.
As for the holidays, I wish you peace and joy no matter your beliefs. Lets all tr to make this world a better place, safe for everybody.
Keep dancing, peace out