Depression is the most prevalent and widespread mental illness in the world. Do you have someone in your life right now struggling with depression? Depression is a very sensitive matter and no matter how good your intentions might be. So, if you want to have a better idea about how to talk to someone with depression.
Here are 7 things to say to someone with depression.
1. Tell them you care about them
One the most harmful symptoms of depression is intense feelings of worthlessness and suicidal ideation. Hug them or hold their hand. If you can’t find the words to express how much they mean to you.
2. Tell them you’re her for them
Support them as much as you can and let them know that they are not alone in their fight against depression and that you’ll stand by.
3. Tell them it’s okay to feel this way
Instead acknowledge their struggle. Let them know that it’s okay to feel this way and that it’s not their fault that they are depressed. Be their safe space allow them to express themselves freely without fear of judgement.
4. Ask them what you can do to help
If you could ask them what you could do to help. Offer to share their load without making them feel like they are a burden to you check in on them for time to time.
5. Ask them if they need someone to talk to
Letting them talk through their feelings can do a lot of good. It may ease some of their emotional turmoil. Be sympathetic when they tell you what’s bothering them and keep an open mind.
6. Ask if they’ve talked to a therapist
Psychotherapy and in certain cases medication is necessary to improve a person’s chances of recovery.
7. Remind them that they can get better
Make sure that your loved one never loses hope in their fight against depression. But don’t give up on them and don’t let them give up on themselves. With patience love and support things will get better.
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