7 Ways to Deal With People Who Don’t Understand Depression

0

mentalhealthforparentsIf “I believe you” are the three most powerful words you can say to someone with an invisible illness, four of the hardest or most painful words to absorb—whether they are said directly or communicated indirectly through insensitive behavior—are “I don’t believe you.” And yet, people who live with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders hear them over and over and over again from family members and friends.

“How do you keep from getting resentful?” a reader asked me the other day.

I wish I had four simple instructions to make friends and family comprehend the kind of handicaps that don’t come with a parking spot, or at least, be empathetic toward those that are plagued by them. However, some confusion and ache is inevitable because some people are simply incapable of understanding. Here are a few things that help me to remain a kind, well-adjusted member of society in the face of ignorance.

Continue reading …

Share this:

Therese Borchard
I am a writer and chaplain trying to live a simple life in Annapolis, Maryland.

More about me...


FOLLOW ME

SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG



Recent

May 6, 2022
An Image Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story
April 22, 2022
And the Stillness, the Dancing: Why We Need Silence
April 15, 2022
The Challenge of Integrity
April 1, 2022
What We Build in the Dark
March 25, 2022
Things Just Happen … But Good Comes

Related Posts

2 Responses
  1. Honestly I don’t give people like this the time of day. They’re in my big ‘bus of idiots’ where I let the clutch go and of over a cliff. Along with environmental vandals, Republicans, Tories and assorted assholes of choice.