I need to explain depression to people with no working understanding of it
January 13, 2012 6:11 AM Subscribe
Help me explain depression to my well meaning (I think) but clueless friends and family. Looking for an article or a blog that I can direct them to.
posted by tulip-socks to Human Relations (25 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I don't self harm, and I'm not out of the woods yet on this episode.
Visited family for Christmas and my mom person spent most of the visit alternating between telling me I'm too pretty and smart to be depressed and telling me she's faced this same decision and she chose not to be depressed.
She asked if I'd considered a residential treatment facility, which was awkward because she's very republican. I told her I've explored the idea and asked how much she thought programs like that cost. Then I cried. Now she's really insulted that I'm not answering her calls. I'm still angry about being told this disease (I've struggled with it since grammar school. I'm 30 now) is my fault. So in addition to being sad and tearful, I'm trying to live by 'if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing.'
I'm on medication, in therapy.
Her husband has just recieved a major health diagnosis, so all of my health analogies feel mean. Her biological daughter is baffled. My friends, well. They just worry that I'm not calling them back.