Thank you!

by Ana
(New Zealand)

I have just finish reading your tips and I already feel better. Thank you!
With these tips on track I can face my pronlems.
Doesn't dealing with other depressed people affect you in a negative way?

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May 26, 2015
ANSWER: Doesn't dealing with other depressed people affect you in a negative way?
by: Otto

Dear Ana,

Thank you for the comments, and I really do hope these steps help you on your way to get out of depression for life, like it has helped me and many others.

To answer your question--it depends. If you are submerged in another person's depressed life, it can be hard for both of you to get out of that rut.

It is an extra challenge to find (and keep) a healthy mental and physical lifestyle. Not impossible, but extra challenging. It's up to each person to decide if one is willing and able to stay healthy for the other person.

The key is that you must get healthy yourself first.

On the other hand, it can be very empowering to contact a family member or friend who is depressed and talk to them and even encourage them.

If you are depressed yourself, I know it's hard to make the call or the visit, since you want to be in a positive mood first yourself. But life is never perfect, and the right timing is not always there. Might as well just go for it, and call or visit anyway.

I believe encouraging words are more powerful coming from somebody who knows depression and has had that experience.

Often I've found that the interaction can provide new perspectives, knowing that one's situation is often better, or just different, than the other person. The benefits can often be mutual, as people tend to naturally encourage each other anyway, providing a snowball effect of encouragement.

I truly hope this helps on your journey to stay healthy physically and emotionally.

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