A couple of years ago, depression wasn’t taken seriously as an illness. But yes according to the World Health Organization, there are more than 350 million people all over the world with depression. Wow, that staggering statistic is really scary. If there are that many people in this world suffering from depression, what are the chances that one of the people you love is going through this by themselves… quietly?
Here are some things you need to remember when interacting with someone that suffers from depression:
1. They are strong in character.
Stop to think that maybe depression can represent a deeper search for meaning and significance in life. A person experiencing depression can be seen as working to make sense of life and trying to achieve more, fix more and improve more. Also, depression can be a way of preparing a better and even healthier future for ourselves and those around us. Some of the most influential and inspirational people have dealt with depression such as, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. These great leaders’ search for peace, happiness and peace led their hearts and minds into the pit of depression, but they ended up changing the course of history.
Not everyone is able to admit that they are depressed, and depression pushes people to create answers in the darkest moments in life. It is not an act of fear, cowardliness, or ignorance.
2. They love it when you reach out to them unexpectedly
I don’t know why one of the biggest stigmas about depression is that people with depression just want to be left alone. Don’t get me wrong, this is true at many times, but a sweet dose of friendship, kindness and pretty words can go a long way. What if depression has its roots in the lack of social relationships we have with our families and friends these days? Come on, admit it. Everything is done by technology now.
So the next time someone you know that is going through a depressive state, do something sweet for them, and if that’s out of your way, then say something sweet to them. Kind words make the world go round.
3. They are fighting hard against depression and appreciate lots of support
In the biggest fight of their lives, depressed individuals need cheerleaders, not bullies. It is in the darkest moments that friends can become angels and angels become lifesavers – literally. You never really know when You will have a choice at some point in your life to be a lifesaver or a lifetaker. Be a lifesaver. Give the gift of acceptance, help, encouragement and presence.
4. They are sensitive to other people’s feelings and actions
Don’t think that depressed individuals don’t pay attention and don’t care what is around them, they actually care a lot. They care about how you feel, how you see them, how you see yourself and what others need. It may be that they care too much! Some of the most caring people in this world are people that suffer from some sort of depression. Let them know what you need and what you do not need.
Set boundaries with them that are respectful, clear and considerate. Also, ask about what their needs and wants are and let them know what you are capable of giving, or not giving. There is nothing better than a sound relationship based on healthy communication and boundaries.
5. They are fully capable of giving and receiving love
Depressed or not, every human being on Earth is capable of giving and receiving love. Treat others as you would like to be treated. And, the list of rules and laws could go on and on. The quality and ability of love does not change.
Depressed people are not depressed ALL the time. Even in their darkest days they are still able to feel love and joy, laughter and communion.
Source: Like Hack