Depression is a common but serious mood disorder which causes severe symptoms that may affect how we feel, think, and handle daily activities. Even in the most severe cases, it can be treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
Being active, setting realistic goals for yourself and trying to spend time with other people instead of isolating yourself are things that can help any individual with depression. In any case, one should expect to change his mood gradually and not immediately. Most importantly, aim at discussing openly your feelings and thoughts with people you feel close, seek for medical assistant and keep educate yourself about depression and ways to feel better.
What to say to someone with depression
There’s no perfect thing to say to someone living with depression. Your words won’t cure them. But they can help, Keep the focus on them and remember to listen first!
- Do you want to talk about it? I’m here when you’re ready
- What can I do to help today?
- I may not understand exactly how you feel, but you’re not alone.
- I’m really sorry you’re going through this. I’m here for you if you need me.
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