Major depression is a socially isolating disorder. It can be difficult to watch someone you care about suffering from it, and you may not know how to help. Due to its common nature, you likely know someone affected by the condition.
You cannot fix someone’s depression for them, but it is important to be there for the person you care about. Continue reading to learn more about how to talk to someone with depression.
How to talk to someone with depression
“I’m here for you if you want to talk about it.”
It’s not easy to talk about your depression, but if your loved one knows you are there for them it can be easier. You can’t force them to talk about their condition, but you can make it easier to open up about their feelings.
Don’t push, either – if they’re not ready to talk, that’s ok. Just remind them that you are there for them if and when they want to talk.
“How can I help today?”
Specific help is often important. Depression symptoms are more than just sadness; it can make a person fatigued or cause them to lose their motivation. Ask them how you can help them on this particular day.
Maybe you can help them get groceries or accompany them to an appointment. Sometimes just being there and spending time with them can be helpful enough.
“How are you?”
Ask them how they are in a compassionate, authentic way. It’s easy to get caught up in the small talk pattern, but you should ask your loved one how they are coping with their depression. Try asking them how their treatment is going or how their symptoms are.
“You don’t have to do this alone.”
Depression can be deeply isolating, making you feel like you have to face everything on your own. It can go a long way towards helping your loved one if you just let them know you are there for them.
What not to say to someone with depression
It’s important to remember that when someone asks you for help, they are not asking you for advice. Oftentimes people just vent without wanting someone to try to fix everything.
Definitely don’t say any empty platitudes like the following:
- Just think happy thoughts.
- What do you have to be sad about?
- Everything will be ok.
- You need to snap yourself out of this.
- Some people have it worse than you.
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