How To Interact With Someone Struggling With Depression

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It’s frustrating to try to be there for someone who is depressed, often, they don’t let anyone in; just remember that it’s the small things that count. I struggled with severe depression for about five years; my family didn’t know how to handle it and treated it as one of those “phases.” I was never even diagnosed. It would have been much easier to find my way out of the scary, lonely place I was in had they known these simple things. Hopefully, they can be of help to you as well.

Don’t:

  • Tell them how disappointed you are in them.
  • Tell them they’re bringing everyone else down.
  • Tell them it’s all in their head.
  • Tell them they don’t have any reason to feel what they’re feeling.
  • Blame family problems on their struggle.
  • Isolate them.
  • Act like everything is okay when it’s not… don’t ignore how much they’re hurting.
  • Tell them about the starving kids in Africa and how lucky they are in comparison.
  • Compare their situation to your own.
  • Threaten them.
  • Tell them time cliche things like “time heals all wounds.”

Do:

  • Remind them that they are loved and have value.
  • Tell them time may not heal all wounds, but it does numb them.
  • Encourage them to try new experiences, leave the house, spend time with people.
  • Remind them of the beautiful world outside of their depression.
  • Notice when they try particularly hard to be cheerful, or kind… don’t take that for granted or mistake it as easy.
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5 thoughts on “How To Interact With Someone Struggling With Depression

  1. This is all so very true. As much as I consider myself lucky that I have friends who stick by me, sometimes some selfish part of me wishes they knew some of the things to say. I particularly agree with the suggestion to engage with new experiences. It can really help rejuvenate the senses!

    Thanks for sharing :)

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