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Posted: September 27, 2014 by Colleen Burke-Sivers, LPC
Even in the wake of the press surrounding Robin William's suicide and the attempt to remove the stigma from depression, it can still carry a heavy connotation. Depression is not something that is easy to bring up in conversation. It is not something that people always hear without judgment. And it is not something that is easy to live with. Those who have not been through it may find it difficult to sympathize and many sufferers are afraid to mention it for fear that the response they get will make them feel worse. But if you never tell anyone about it, you may end up feeling more alone.
So what should a sufferer of depression do to get support and compassion from others so as not to feel so alone and, perhaps, so ashamed? Try these approaches with friends and loved ones:
Even if others don't seem to understand, know that depression is a common form of mental illness. It is treatable, and it is not your fault. No one should be ashamed to admit that they are suffering from depression. It is not WHO you are. It is simply what you are dealing with at the moment.
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