That surely depends on the specific situation. There are several techniques I use when attempting to help a depressed person, though, including:
1. Active listening. Sometimes realizing there's a "real ear" out there is enough to make a big difference. ("Active" listening means your provide a bit of feedback as the other person is talking, not enough to take over the conversation but enough to make clear you're paying attention.)
2. Distraction. Bummed out? Hey, let's go check out that full moon together; have you seen how the clouds are chasing across its face tonight?
3. Helping the depressed individual dig for the REASON behind the depression. Sometimes that isn't easy to find, but now and again it's fairly obvious--and figuring out the "why" is enough to start lifting the cloud of gloom.
4. Simple (honest) encouragement. Most of us have real talent in one area or another...but often don't see our own strong points clearly.
I order funny postcards by the dozens - from Zazzle. I also try to remind them that we all have bad days - if we didn't we wouldn't even know to appreciate the good days. Tomorrow will be a better day!
Depression is a mixture of feeling helpless, hopeless, dejected, rejected, fatigued, etc. Everything is negative and gloomy here. Emotional support and motivation are two most effective tool to help the individual. If you are a good friend or spouse, you can try being empathetic and indicate to the person that you accept and respect him/her despite his/her feeling low. It is normal to feel low or be in bad mood sometimes; it happens to all.
Your care and concern will definitely be therapeutic.
Give them your full support emotionally and spiritually. Always encourage them.
I would listen carefully and then give instances of people that have been in similar situation then i would tell them how those people got back and got better.
Comforting depressed people is not an easy thing to do.
I would get them away from their current environment...even for a little while. Make them walk laps in a park or a track or encourage them to engage in physical exercise, a game of soccer for example.
The exercise will help the chemical balances of the brain become more stabilized and regulate the mood better. It's a proven fact.
If they want to talk, listen. If they want to listen, talk. If they want to be left alone, leave them alone. Most of all be supportive, not judgmental.
by Annie 5 years ago
How do you comfort a friend who is depressed?I often quote verses from the bible to him/her. "For you are my lamp, O Lord.the Lord shall enlighten my darkness, -2 Samuel 22:29
by deergha 5 years ago
But i have to show that I am all fine and happy in front of my son and hubby. Its frustrating. Have you ever felt like this and then what one needs to do? It is hard to smile when actually i don even feel like reacting.
by marinealways24 8 years ago
Do you control your thoughts or do your thoughts control you? In cases of depression, is this simply a matter of not being able to control thought along with some chemical inbalances?
by SapphireGreen 2 years ago
When and how does it end up that you have a lot of friends and then eventually you turn around and you are alone because you are not happy with yourself? Shouldnt that be a time where your friends are there the most?
by Shwetha Shetty 6 years ago
What do you do when you are depressed?
by aoiffe379 5 years ago
Are Christians ever supposed to get depressed or sad; or should they always be optimistic?Good things happen to 'bad' people and 'bad' things happen to' good'individuals. Someone told me that they are behind in their rent and their door can be kicked in any day.Her husband, a photographer plans to...
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