When a person has depression, communication can be a challenge. They wanted to express their needs in a more effective way but usually end up being passive-aggressive.
How You Communicate Can Make a Difference
The symptoms of depression can be overwhelming, to the point of interfering with one’s ability to communicate effectively. This is why a loved one’s support, understanding, and skill in effective communication is important.
A supportive communication can help manage their feelings of discouragement, disinterest, and helplessness.
How to Respond
To better communicate with your depressed loved one, there are certain things we need to keep in mind.
- Find ways to reach out
A common misconception among depressed individuals is that they wanted to be left alone. It’s the least thing that these people want.
Leaving them alone can make them feel abandoned, leading to more negative thoughts and feelings about themselves.
If you find your depressed loved ones isolating themselves, find ways to reach out. Be friendly and engaging and make them feel that they’re not alone with what they’re going through.
- Remind them that they are loved and accepted
Depressed people know that their symptoms can bear a weight on their relationships. Hence, it’s important to remind them that they’re not a burden, that they are accepted and loved for who they are. This is very crucial especially on their dark days.
- Be prepared
Being prepared means choosing a quiet place, where are there are no or less distractions, to have a talk. It also means lending your two ears, to actually listen and not just hear words.
Be empathetic and show kindness during conversations. It’s tough for some depressed people to open up.
If they just want to be with you and not talk, be okay with it. Wait for them to talk.
These are just some of simple ways to communicate with a depressed person. It may take a while to master these skills but it will be worth it.