If you have a loved one who suffers from depression, and you are often finding yourself frustrated or impatient with them for not just “snapping out of it” or “getting over it”, then I urge you to go to this website. Take the quiz. Your score will probably be under 10, maybe 15 at the highest if you had a bad week. Now realize that your loved one probably scores at least 60 or higher. Then realize that they feel this way every day of every week, and that they can’t help it. That’s the key.Depression is an illness. It can’t be “snapped out of” any more than any other illness. Your loved one, if possible, would snap out of it in a heartbeat if they could, trust me. It’s a miserable life to lead, and, unlike many other illnesses, there is little to nothing known about what causes it or how to treat it. Yeah, there sure are lots of drugs out there for depression, but that’s not nearly the same thing. Antidepressants are often comparable to a bandaid on a sucking chest wound. Psychotherapy is like shooting craps, and shock therapy is . . . well, you’ve seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, I’m sure.
So, go a little easier on your depressed love one. Be supportive, do some research, try to understand what they’re going through. Both your lives will be easier as a result.
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