“You know how all the depression blogs and ads recommend ‘talking to someone’ and ‘reaching out’. Well, that’s the first thing I did. Admittedly, it took me a long time to get there. For months I suffered in silence thinking I was simply upset with life and not actually going through depression. But the more I suffered alone, the worse it got, so I decided to tell a friend about it.
Here’s what they don’t tell you. Your friends, unless they’ve been through depression before or they are trained psychologists, will have absolutely no clue how to react or cope with your depression. Some will simply pass it off as a temporary phase, others will think you’re being overly dramatic. The friends that didn’t ignore it altogether just kept telling me “everything will be okay”. And when your body keeps shouting, “you will never be okay!” this kind of advice isn’t much help.
Which brings me to one of the main reasons I decided to write this post…
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind if a friend or loved one ever tells you they are experiencing depression:”
Go check out the pointers, but also read more about Stacy’s story.