November 20th, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
When a loved one or someone else you know is struggling with depression, it’s only natural to want to step in and provide support. Any type of positive support can help someone dealing with major depression.
We also understand that talking with a person who has depression is sometimes difficult because your loved one may seem distant or hard to reach. Or, they may isolate themselves and avoid gatherings and other activities.
So, how do you reach out to someone with depression while providing needed support? We have some suggestions:
1. Never tell them that they’re a burden.
Telling someone with depression that they’re “too much” or a burden can send them into a downward spiral of guilt, anxiety, and all-consuming sadness. Instead, be positive and encouraging, or urge them to talk to someone else if their depression symptoms if you’re having difficulty dealing with their symptoms. It’s not your job to take care of someone else’s mental health, but you can still provide a solid foundation of support.
2. Always validate.
We understand how difficult it can be to communicate with someone who is overly irritable because of their chronic illness, i.e., depression. Validation, however, is a great tool for dealing with every depression symptom, including irritability. In many cases, after all, logic doesn’t work because the person suffering from depression are often living in a mental reality much different than yours.
Validation is the best approach when rational thinking just doesn’t work. For the depression sufferer, it’s frustrating when someone tries to explain to them that their feelings are wrong, or not based in reality.
3. Other ways to talk to someone with depression:
There are many other things you can say to maintain a helpful, positive dialogue with someone with depression:
- “I’m here to help.” – Remind them that they’re not alone.
- “How can I help today?” – Saying this often lets your loved one know that you’re available and willing to help in any way possible.
- “Depression will get better.” – People with depression often feel hopeless and trapped but remind them that treatment is available and is a reason for hope.
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