Depression is something you would not wish to invade your life. Not even once you would want to experience this terrible thing because once it entered you, death will be your only escape. When you have depression, nothing is enjoyable. Nothing can make you smile. It feels like you’re a ghost and not a part of the real world. It’s like drowning except you can see everyone around you breathing.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
When someone you know and love is clinically depressed, you would want to be there for that person. You must be very careful in every word you would say that might affect somebody’s condition negatively. Still, keep in mind that your friend or loved one has a medical condition, so giving support may mean more than just offering a shoulder to cry on.
An Advocacy by Ms. Maria Graciella Lingad of HRM161