5 Things Women With Depression Wish Their Friends Knew

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Dear friends,

Sorry that I haven't been myself lately. I'm not ignoring you or mad about something, it's just that I don't feel like myself. I really appreciate you and I won't always be this way. Please don't give up on me.

Sincerely, Your Friend

Many women who struggle with depression have difficulty expressing their appreciation for the care and support they get from family and friends. Here is a list of things that women with depression want you to know, and the most important one is that they appreciate your support – even when it’s hard for them to say.

1. We appreciate your support, even if it doesn't seem like it. Sometimes we just need space, and that's okay. It is hard to do anything sometimes. Even the simplest of things like going to work, getting up to brush your teeth, making yourself something to eat, or even just waking up is hard to do - period.

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2. We're not always going to be like this. We know that we're not always fun to be around, but we still appreciate your friendship. And, it's not going to be like this forever. I wish there was a "miracle" medication out there that actually works. I have tried many treatments and different medications and none of them seem to do the job. Some make it worse. Therapy alone doesn’t seem to do the job either.

3. Please don't try to fix us, we're doing the best we can.  We just need someone to listen. Someone to listen to when we have the desire to talk. Most of the time we don’t want to talk, and it is not that we are ignoring you. It is just very draining to talk about what is going on internally. Sometimes I don’t have a reason to feel as depressed as I am. I just do.

4. Please be patient with us. We're sorry for the ways that our depression affects you. It is just that the sadness and helplessness can be very heavy to carry, and feels like I am barely surviving. I want to find a better way to manage my depression. Dealing with depression has been a hard battle. I would like to find a new way to treat this disease. I need something new that works and is safe to use. There has to be a new way to improve my quality of life.

5. We're grateful for your understanding. Thank you for being our friend. Thank you for always calling and putting up with me when I am distant or sometimes come off as being rude.

When should someone seek help for depression. If you know someone or you are struggling with depression and need help contact your physician, if you are currently taking meds and not feeling better you may be interested in a Clinical research studies for depression, learn more. If it is an emergency and need help now contact the suicide and crisis hotline.


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