Have you ever heard anyone say, “You have no reason to be depressed”? Unbelievably, some people do.
You have no reason to be depressed because you have:
a place to live
[fill in the blank and I’ve heard it]
The thing is, depression doesn’t have anything to with the items listed above. And saying this to someone who is experiencing true pain in the form of depression is shaming and can make things worse.
I wonder if people who say, “You have nothing to be depressed about,” are people who cannot tolerate their own painful emotions and therefore try to push away someone else’s painful emotions because they are intolerable.
My husband and I have been crisis counseling in one form or another for many years and have seen a lot of pain.
If you’ve never experienced the deep pain of mental, emotional, spiritual suffering know that it does exist and is very real to those whom it exists for.
Believe others when they say they are hurting. Believe them and support them as best you can when they reach out for help.
We recently lost a beloved friend and our love goes out to his family.