How can I begin to describe depression to someone who has never had it?

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Last Updated: 06/05/2020 at 06:26PM

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May 06th, 2020 08:23AM

Shriti Mitra

Identify who would you like to talk to? It could be a friend, partner or spouse, co-worker, or family member. You could also get support and assistance from a professional like a counselor, therapist, or coach. Do not worry about the intensity of the discussion, try and keep it casual – this will help you to explain your situation better. You could start a conversation like, “I am going through a tough time and I feel I am dealing with depression” or “I feel stressed lately and would like to talk about it”. When you are expressing yourself, people would generally respect and will not judge you. But not always everyone has the skillset to respond helpfully. Be prepared you might experience different responses. If the first person cannot help you well, try talking to the second person. Some tips on how to start the conversation:  1)  “I’ve been feeling a bit off for a while – kind of moody and stressed out. Have you noticed anything different about me lately?”  2)  “I’ve been feeling off for a while now. Have you ever found yourself in a place that was hard to get out of?”
May 06th, 2020 06:26PM

Dr. Vatsala Wadhwa Thakur

Hi! First and foremost you need to be clear on whether it is depression or a general sadness which every individual goes through at some point of time and can be overcome by talking, distracting yourself, a hug by someone etc. However, if the feeling doesn't go away for more than a week and you feel like crying, the world seems gloomy and nothing brightens up your spirits, then you need to consult a professional.  
May 06th, 2020 08:21AM

Glenn Cajetan Nunes

In a nutshell - it can be said that you experience DEPRESSION, when you are not happy with the way - your life is progressing. You do not like the direction your life is taking AND you feel HELPLESS and INCAPABLE of bringing about any positive changes. The situation feels HOPELESS and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. IN CASE there is anyone like this, PLEASE direct them to counsellors who can guide and help them... DO NOT counsel them yourself - if you are not trained.