Helping Someone Who Might Be Depressed

October 14, 2014 3:11 PM

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Helping Someone Who Might Be Depressed

Individuals who might be depressed could use: attention, support, a conversation, an outing, and more. However, something that isn't needed is for someone to say, "It could be much worse," "Some people can't get out of bed," or "People in third world countries don't have clean drinking water." All of these things might be true, but none of these things have anything to do with an individual who feels depressed. These evaluative comments are a comparison about the legitimacy of someone's depression relative to something that isn't a justifiable reference point.

Don't Make Assumptions -- An individual might have something that bothers their mental well-being, but might not be ready for help or to disclose their feelings. An interested party might have a concern that something is wrong, but an emotional disclosure about the source of an individual's pain can...

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