Do you have someone in your family or one of your friends that is currently suffering from depression? This can be a sensitive topic to talk about, which is why it needs to be addressed in a very specific and sensitive way. Here are some tips on how you can open up the conversation about depression.
How to Start the Conversation
Before you say anything, it’s important to realize how serious depression can be and the importance of being empathetic toward your loved one. Don’t dominate the conversation, instead, be a good listener and have sympathy for how they feel. Reassure whoever you’re talking to that they can speak freely without the fear of being judged, for as long and as many times as they’d like.
Things You Should Say and Ask
- I’ve been feeling concerned about you lately, how are you doing?
- I wanted to check in on you to see how you are doing. You’ve seemed to be pretty down lately.
- When did you begin feeling this way?
- You aren’t alone, I am here for you. How can I help support you right now?
- I may not be able to understand what you’re going through, but I care about you and want to help.
Things You Should NOT Say or Ask
- We all go through tough times like this.
- Snap out of it.
- What’s wrong with you?
- Don’t worry, it’s all in your head!
- Look on the bright side…
Where to Turn For Help
Not everyone who is depressed is going to want to see a therapist or mental health professional. Going to the family doctor might make them feel more comfortable, and the doctor can help diagnose depression by ruling out other medical causes. A lot of the times, a professional opinion (of going to see a mental health professional) is what a depressed person needs in order to go see one. Assist your loved one by helping them keep appointments and going to the doctor with them.
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