Depression – Helping someone with Depression
There is no gender bar for depression. At some point in our lives, we have all come across people suffering from depression – probably a family member or a friend.
It is however important to deal with depression the right way to prevent further exacerbations.
Here are a list of Do’s and Don’ts when dealing with depressed individuals.
Stay with him/her as a silent partner. Build trust.
When they are talking give your full attention. Your body language plays a very important role.
Remind them that you are there with them at all times needed.
Encourage them to take part in depression discussion groups and to read motivational books.
Never accuse a depressive person on their fall.
Don’t remind them of the negative event happened.
Try not to give advice to the person. Right now he/she may be seeking for peace or closure.
Don’t neglect or avoid him/her purposefully, if you see her/him out of your group.
Don’t force them to talk or discuss their feelings, if they are not ready to.
Don’t tell them that you know what they are feeling – in such situations empathy works better than sympathy.
Never compare their feelings or situation with others.
Do remember, your help and support can go a long way in helping others deal with depression. Always seek help and consult a mental health professional when necessary.