A very challenging question. Different scales are used with depression to determine a position of worse with better seeking the okay of normal. There are scales for geriatrics, grieving, & more. Usually asked where from 1 - 10 does one feel. Ponder Feel = perception or of the senses. Perspective is as viewed with cognition. Having a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder I use the following.
+5 = Severely Manic or Hospitalization is required Does not function socially
+4 = Manic and may not require hospitalization Does not function socially may be considered clinical though not hospitalized
+3 = mildly manic leaning toward hypomanic and may consider hospitalization based on social functioning
+2 = Hypomanic manageable and functions socially
+1 = Mildly Hypomanic manages easily, functions easily socially, is the upper range of normal while medicated with some type of therapy
+/-0 = Considered normal by most by symptomology and definitions
-1 = mildly depressed manages easily, functions easily socially, is the lower range of normal while medicated with some type of therapy
-2 = depressed manageable and functions socially
-3 = major depression leaning toward severe depression and may consider hospitalization based on social function
-4 = Severe depression and may not require hospitalization Does not function socially may be considered clinical though not hospitalized
-5 = Severely depressed, meets clinical criteria, requires hospitalization & does not function socially
Once an interaction takes place between the depressed person & the non-depressed or normal person then communication offers a comparison and contrast to both. Immediately with that occurrence one of a few things occurs.
Most typical of the social structure in the US, yet not necessarily of cultures & subcultures self esteem & not esteem is decided with that process.One may say it is natural as inherited through nurture as an agency of society and is angelic or not.
The depressed individual responds seeking at minimum "same as." If Bible verses are used, then a positive result may occur. Yes, it is foundational on belief systems of faith through grace the action of better than before occurs. Ponder temporary. Baseball works too. Familiar to the depressed, works best.
The social interaction is only one agency of healing. How that agency is directed offers power. Healing is only one result. Comforting a friend may be accomplished with a simple smile of recognition. And, just being there.