DEPRESSION

D=DARK

E=EMOTIONAL

P=PARALYZED

R=RATTLED

E=EVASIVE

S=SUSPICIOUS

S=SAD

I=INSENTIENT

O=OBSESSIVE

N=NUMB

PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION HAVE A HOST OF EMOTIONS THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH, ALL WHILE TRYING TO MAINTAIN SOME SORT OF SANITY. THE THOUGHTS THAT FLOOD THROUGH DEPRESSED PEOPLES MINDS ARE LITERALLY ENDLESS, MOST OF WHICH ARE SELF DEFEATING. HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSED INDIVIDUALS

  1. D=DECISIVE: DECIDE HOW YOU WILL APPROACH A DEPRESSED PERSON, NOT EVERY CONVERSATION WILL BE WELCOMED, SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER NOT TO SAY ANYTHING IF WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY IS NOT ENCOURAGING
  2. E=EMPATHY: TRY TO EMPATHIZE WITH THE DEPRESSED PERSON, DON’T ASSUME THEIR MOOD HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU! MORE THAN LIKELY IT DOESN’T! ALTHOUGH YOU MAY NOT SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION, THINK OF SOME OF YOUR DARKEST MOMENTS…WELL, THAT IS HOW A DEPRESSED PERSON FEELS FAR TOO OFTEN. WHAT COULD YOU HAVE USED IN THAT MOMENT? CERTAINLY NOT SOMEONE IGNORING YOU, OR SAYING THE WRONG THING, OR DOING THE WRONG THING. IF YOU CAN’T BE EMPATHETIC, HOWEVER, JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE, THEY WOULD APPRECIATE THAT MORE THAN YOUR AWKWARD BEHAVIOR AROUND THEM.
  3. P=PLEASANT: TRY TO BE PLEASANT. THE DEPRESSED PERSON HAS AN ILLNESS! JUST LIKE FIBROMYALGIA, CHRONIC BACK PAIN OR ANY OTHER ILLNESS! IT IS INSIDE THEIR MIND!! YOU CAN’T SEE IT, THEREFORE; IT IS SO MUCH HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO IDENTIFY WITH IT! YOU DON’T SOLVE ANYTHING BY BEING UNPLEASANT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TAKEN SOMEONE ELSE’S ILLNESS PERSONALLY.
  4. R=RESPECT: DEPRESSED PEOPLE ARE WORTHY OF YOUR R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
  5. E=EXPRESSIVE: BE EXPRESSIVE
  6. S=SINCERE; BE SINCERE WHEN SPEAKING TO THEM, PHONY BEHAVIOR IS DETECTED AND UNWELCOMED!
  7. S=SILENCE: IT’S OKAY TO SAY NOTHING IF IT IS ALL TOO MUCH, SILENCE IS WELCOMED OVER THOUGHTLESS WORDS, AND OR DEEDS!
  8. I=INSPIRE: WORDS THAT OFFER HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT CAN DO A WORLD OF GOOD, SEEK TO INSPIRE
  9. O=OPTIMISTIC: DEPRESSED SOULS CAN USE YOUR OPTIMISM!
  10. N=NICE: AT THE END OF THE DAY, JUST BE NICE! EVERYONE CAN APPRECIATE NICE PEOPLE, AND DEPRESSED PEOPLE NEED A LITTLE MORE KINDNESS EXTENDED TO THEM THAN THE AVERAGE PERSON!

RESOURCES

LIFELINE

EVERYDAYLIFE HEALTH

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

CARE FOR YOUR MIND

 

 

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