How Do You Act When You Are Around Someone With Depression?

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09 Sep 2022
How Do You Act When You Are Around Someone With Depression?
      #Depression is not just a symptom of mental weakness but a physical illness. A healthy person cannot fully feel what a sick person does. How can we care for someone close to us who is depressed especially if we want to understand them him/her as much as possible? Here's a quick summary of do’s and dont’s

#What to do
  • Invite the patient to get up and do something active, such as practicing mild sports, playing games, or creating art. These activities will reduce the patient’s worrying and despair
  • Listen with attention and a calm attitude without being persuasive or drawing conclusions, because people suffering from depression sometimes believe they are a burden to others. If we want the patient to express his/her feelings, we must give him/her the confidence that someone wants to listen without pushing or judging

#What to avoid

  • Do not tell the patient to go to the temple to listen to the Dharma or to relax his/her mind if you are not around because the patient would feel helpless, annoyed, and abandonned, and he/she will distance even more
  • If the patient mentions not wanting to live anymore, don’t ignore him/her or don’t say things such as ‘don’t overthink it’ or ‘don’t think anything insane’ because it will make him/her suffer not being taken seriously
  • If the patient has not improved, do not put pressure on him/her because that will only increase stress and disappointment. When symptoms are just starting to improve, stressors would only slow down the healing or make the situation worse again

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      We should always try to help the patient by approaching him/her, by listening attentively and by accompanying him/her to the psychiatrist. If someone depressed tells you he/she does not want to live anymore or will hurt himself, don’t leave him/her alone.

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