5 Ways to Handle People Who Don’t Understand Your Depression

This post is featured on a popular Self-Help blog, Pick the Brain.

You’ve had enough.

Every time you talk about your depression, everybody gives you a weird look, and say:

“Why can’t you just get over it?”

“Shut up! We’re talking about someone with a real disease here.”

You wish they could stop acting this way.

You want them to know what depression really is.

But explaining depression is like teaching foreigners about the customs of your country. They never get it.

People either give you unsolicited advice like, “just think positively”, “be thankful”, “talk to someone”. These things don’t even register on your mind.

You want to scream at their ignorance.

Everybody wants to fix you, but you don’t need fixing.

All you need is someone who understands you. Someone who has faith in you. Someone who strokes you gently until you could breathe.

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