How to be a good friend to someone with depression

This is not a real blog post – it’s mostly a link to posts from someone else.

Adventures in Depression and the long-awaited follow-up.

I’ve had friends with depression (I still do, they’re just less depressed right now) and the part of these posts that really resonated with me was this

“wow, those are super dead. I still like you, though.”

This makes more sense in context…

That might not sound like much, but not trying to “cheer people up” is pretty critical.

Trying to beat depression by “cheering up” is a bit like suggesting that the cure for flu is a brisk jog, or that the cure for vomiting is a massive curry. The existence of the problem make the solution impossible.

Anyway, go read those posts (set aside some time). And try to find some corn under the fridge.

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2 thoughts on “How to be a good friend to someone with depression

  1. Just found your blog, and yay for Hyperbole and a Half! I love what you said here. Stuff like “the cure for vomiting is a massive curry” metaphor is so true, and difficult for people unacquainted with depression to grasp.

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