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What to Say When Someone is Depressed

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Dealing with a person who is depressed can be as confounding and delicate a situation as one could possibly imagine. The knowledge and patience required cannot possibly be overstated, and whether the sufferer is a family member, friend, co-worker or associate, the same general principles apply.

It is important to keep in mind that the person dealing with depression, not the person dealing with the person dealing with depression, is the victim. Depression is a serious and potentially debilitating mental disorder, and should be recognized as such. The idea that someone can just “suck it up” and get over their disorder is ludicrous and insensitive in every humanly possible way.

When speaking to someone dealing with depression, it’s always important to remind them that hope is a necessity in order to battle their condition. Millions upon millions of people struggle with the very same mental disorder every year, and every year just as many prevail. While it may seem like times are at their worst and the helplessness is taking over, that is simply a phrase that will eventually pass. Patience, understanding and a general care are unspeakably vital during this period.

The most important message to deliver to a depression sufferer, however, is that of the available treatment options. First, as one would with any other illness or condition, it is important to learn the facts. Depression cannot be dealt with if the parties involved know nothing about it. It is important to immerse one’s self in knowledge about the condition, and determine which course of action is most suitable for the sufferer. Then, once that step is out of the way, a physician should be contacted and consulted with before a commitment is made to any one treatment option.

Helping a person with depression is not easy, but it is very doable. With enough patience, care and love, a sufferer can be coaxed out of their condition and be helped on their way to living a healthy, normal life.

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