Talking to Depression: Simple Ways to Connect When Someone in Your Life is Depressed by Claudia StraussWhen someone suffers from depression, friends and family members naturally want to help—but too often their good intentions come out all wrong. This practical, compassionate guide helps readers understand exactly what their loved one is going through, and why certain approaches help and others have the potential to do damage. Talking to Depression offers specific advice on what to do and what not to do—and what to say and what not to say—to avoid frustration and give the kind of caring, effective support that will make a difference.
Depression can feel lonely. People often feel like they are the only ones struggling. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many people around us are struggling with the common cold that is depression. One way to feel less alone is to engage with an active listener in a depression chat room or a chat with a listener to share your sadness. Sharing about loss, grief, and common struggles in a depression chat can help give you space to grieve. Sometimes we just need to communicate with others to get enough space or perspective to better understand our struggles or bad feelings.
For a long time, no one really talked about depression at all. Just listening with an open mind can help them feel understood and supported. There are also simple things you can say to let them know you care about them and want to help. I may not understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help. If you think someone is depressed, talk to them about it. Maybe I can help. Talking about depression can be tough, even when you have the best intentions.
Knowing how to talk to someone living with depression can be a great way to support them. This can be hard to believe when depressed, but can also be incredibly helpful in a crisis. Even science has backed up the importance of social support. Research has shown that the likelihood of depression in the past year has reduced with high-quality social connection. Social support, particularly family support, has a protective factor for both depression and anxiety.
Knowing what to say to someone who is depressed isn't always easy., Depression is a serious but treatable disorder that affects millions of people, from young to old and from all walks of life.