Myths About Depression

This has always been the recurring line for people who are talking with depressed people:

"Why don’t you just get over it?"

Depressive illness is not something people can simply get over. Depressed people need care and support from the important people in their lives. Words are easier said than done and depressed persons who will get this type of advice from the people whom they feel will understand them will just make them more pitiful on their situation because they would think that these people can handle the same type of dilemma more easily.

Depressive disorders make you feel exhausted, worthless, helpless, and hopeless. "Giving up," in whatever aspects, has always been a depressed person’s last option, as negative thoughts and feelings keep rushing in. You should realize and accept that these negative views are part of depression, and typically do not accurately reflect your life situation. Negative thinking fades as treatment begins to take effect.

Friends and family must always be present to assist a depressed person by offering emotional support. This involves understanding, patience, affection, and encouragement. Engage the depressed person in conversation and listen carefully. Do not disparage feelings expressed, but point out realities and offer hope.

Invite the depressed person for different activities like walks, movies and outings. If he refused, tell him that it’s for his own good, be gently insistent. Encourage him to participate in some activities that once gave pleasure, such as hobbies, sports, religious or cultural activities, but do not push the depressed person to heal early. The depressed person needs diversion and company, but too many demands can increase feelings of failure.

It’s very important that the loved ones of the depressed person always be present and supportive. Depressed persons need sincere encouragement to bring back their drive to live the way they want to be.