Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help
Only those who are constantly depressed know what it feels like to feel intense sadness and loneliness. Unlike some other afflictions, there is not always a reason why you might be depressed. Sometimes, everything is going well in your life, however, you still feel depressed. A lot of things can contribute to depression but the most important thing is getting help. How can you ask for help when you don't even understand how you feel? How can you make people understand?
There are various types of depression and there is no single solution. Various factors contribute to regaining health and leading a more or less normal existence.
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Understand
Understand: "I understand how you feel". No you don't. Even if you have been in a similarly situation, you cannot understand how another person feels. Similar does not equate to the same. You can be compassionate and still doesn't understand the situation. Show empathy and you will go a long way in helping.
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Medication
Medication: Well meaning friends will try to recommend medications like ant-depressants or homeopathies. The fact that it works for someone doesn't mean it will work for the rest. Don't recommend any medication. You will be better off referring your friend to a specialist. Encouragement: be generous with praise and be specific when recounting the persons achievement. Try to reassure of how useful they are and will continue to be. Encourage them to continue taking the prescribed medication.
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Encouratement
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Listen
Listen: A depressed person might feel the need to talk and talk and talk. You should feel the need to listen and listen and listen. It is not about you but the person you are trying to help. It is sometimes better just to listen and you would have achieved more than trying to talk your way around the victim. Write, Phone and Visit: People suffering from depression need contacts. For some time they might not want external contact. However, the fact that they know you have been trying to contact them, will make them feel that someone does care. You could also write a card just to say hello. You don't have to talk about depression. Something along the lines of "hello, we are thinking of you, love and kisses!". Those few words will go a long way than a long troll about nothing.
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Write
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Gifts
Gifts: Being depressed doesn't mean you don't appreciate gifts. If you know what the victim of depression might appreciate, then, don't hesitate to be generous. Remember, it is about what you can do to help and not what you can do to solve the problem. Prayers: If you are that way inclined and the sufferer is also a believer, there is nothing stopping you from saying a few words of prayer. This can help those who believe in the power of prayers. Depression is still a mystery and as the saying goes, "the Lord works in mysterious ways".
After going through this list and the victim is still not getting better, don't be discouraged. It does take time according to the circumstances of the person involved. At least you would have tried to alleviate his suffering. It is better than doing nothing.
Depression, Low self esteem and Sadness: How You Can Help - Prayers