Feelings Matter: Supporting Someone With Depression

Recognize that depression is an illness. Just like a cold or flu, a person cannot simply choose to “get over” depression. Also like other illnesses, depression can affect anyone. A person can develop depression even if they seem to have a good life, with little to be upset about.

Facts on Depression

Symptoms of a depressive episode: depressed mood, sleep difficulties, fatigue nearly every day, loss of interest or pleasure, significant weight change, feelings of worthlessness, diminished concentration, and recurring thoughts of death.