Living with someone living with depression

'Just make a choice.' 

'Can't you just  be grateful for what you have?'

'Cheer up, it's not that bad!'

'Lots of people have it worse off than you do.'


Just some of the things people have said to me, and I'm sure to you if you live with the black dog. People mean well, but end up just making things a lot worse.

Living with someone with depression is very hard, it is also a very difficult thing to understand, when you yourself are a inherently upbeat and positive person. 

Recently I found these two videos by the World Health Organisation on Depression and living with someone living with the black dog.

They help very much to educate, both parties.

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable.
Millions of people around the world live with depression. "Living with a black dog" is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression. It advises those living with and caring for people with depression on what to do, what not to do, and where to go for help.

Yes, it is difficult, but not impossible. Feel free to comment below, and share your experience and tips and trick that have helped your relationship.