Does it really matter who's depressed?
I posted a couple blog posts on Facebook last week about things not to say to depressed people. One of them was "Ten Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person" by purplepersuasion, and I can't find the other one (way to go, Swiss cheese brain).
These posts started an interesting discussion with a friend of mine. She's had a rough summer and is struggling right now. I have bipolar disorder , and although I'm fine now I went through a very long period of treatment-resistant depression. She has situational depression, I had clinical depression...but does it really matter? The cause of one's depression is of no consequence; nobody wants to hear anything like "snap out of it," "look at all that you have," "just smile," or any of the other trite sayings.
My friend said something very important ~ she made the point that we should be kind to any person who is struggling, because we can't know the true underlying reason to their depression.