What Can You Do When Someone is Depressed?
It’s a shame that so many people with clinical depression feel alone and left with their condition. This article discusses how you can express your feelings more easily if you want to. It also covers statements that may be comforting to someone with depression.
Be a shoulder to cry on and listen without judging
When someone is going through the process of healing from depression, they may cry a lot. They may feel very emotional and like they can’t control their emotions, which can be very uncomfortable for them. Being around someone who is crying and experiencing intense emotions can be difficult and make you feel uncomfortable. However, when you’re around someone who is depressed, the best thing you can do is listen to them without judging them.
Help them find activities that will make them feel better
When someone is depressed, they may find pleasure in very few activities. For example, they may not like reading or watching TV like they used to. Instead of trying to force them to do things that they don’t enjoy, try to find activities that will make them feel better. You can do this by asking them what they used to enjoy doing and then trying to find new ways for them to enjoy these activities. By helping your friend find new ways to enjoy the things they used to enjoy, you can help them find a new source of joy in life.
Help keep their environment clean and tidy
When you’re depressed, you can become very unmotivated to keep your environment clean and tidy. This is because you may not care about how messy your surroundings are or you may just not have the energy or drive to do anything about it.
- If your friend has been diagnosed with depression, they may be struggling with these feelings. If they live alone, they may not have anyone to help them keep their house clean and tidy. If they live with a partner or roommate, they may feel ashamed to ask their loved ones for help.
- There are many ways you can help keep your friend’s environment clean and tidy. You can offer to clean up after them, help them clean their house, do the dishes, or do other chores around the house.
- You can also help them find ways to make it easier for them to keep their environment clean and tidy. For example, you can help them organize their kitchen so that they know where everything is and make cleaning easier.
So the best thing you can do for people who are depressed is told them that you’re there for them, remind them that they matter, ask how you can assist them, urge them to see a doctor, ask if they want to talk, remind them that they’re not weak or defective if you really think so, remind them that it’s okay to feel the way they do, and suggest that there is hope. Don’t accuse, threaten, blame, or trivialize your friend’s feelings. Show your support, look for ways you can assist, and tell them that there are effective treatments.