Furthermore, people may not even know that their behaviors and comments are being negative or hurtful and sometimes even make the depression feel worse.With this in mind, here are 20 simple things we can remember when interacting with those that may be having a fight with depression.
Neel Burton explains that depression can represent a deeper search for meaning and significance in life.
A person experiencing depression can be seen as working to make sense of life and trying to achieve more, fix more and improve more.
Moreover, depression can be a way of preparing a better and even healthier future for ourselves and those around us. Burton goes on to mention that some of the most influential and inspirational people have dealt with depression such as, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.
Their search for peace, happiness and peace led their hearts and minds into the pit of depression, but they ended up changing the course of history.
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 350 million people all over the world with depression.
With that staggering statistic, it is highly probable that we will all interact at some point with someone experiencing a bout with depression.
With that probability in mind, the very people you would not expect to be experiencing depression, such as friends, family, co-workers, and even your boss, will be the ones fighting it.
As a psychotherapist, it is crucial to disclose that in my years of experience working with individuals and even marriages experiencing depression, one of the most devastating aspects of dealing with depression is the stigma and negative criticism that comes from others.
It takes immense will and transparency to acknowledge the presence of depression, but it also pushes people to create answers in the darkest moments in life.