I want to be supportive
Posted On November 30, 2005
Have you ever been depressed? If so, what do you think someone close to you should do to be helpful?
I’ve been depressed before, so I know that someone can’t snap you out of it, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember what was helpful and what wasn’t as far as how people related to me. Empathy is and obvious one, but that goes for everyone in a tough situation.
Also, does anyone know of any natural remedies for depression?
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sunshine and getting outside always helps me when i think the world is coming to an end.
I think the help you decide to give largely depends on the person. I remember during one of my own emotional “blackouts”, whenever someone would remind me of my good qualities and everything I ought to be grateful for…that always seemed to really help me out. I remember losing sight of the goodness inside of me; when I was truly depressed, I almost completely lost sight of it.
Also, if and when you try to help them, remember that depression can be dangerously egocentric… so suggesting that the person help others/ spread kindness is also a good one. Hope they feel better!