How to talk to loved ones about depression

The patient suffering from depression must reassure his children that his apathy has nothing to do with them. Adobe Stock

PSYCHOLOGY – It is crucial to put words on the disease to facilitate understanding and empathy of those around you.

An operating room. The surgeon removes the oxygen mask from the patient lying in front of him, whose pulse begins to quicken. Beep beep. “He doesn’t look so bad! I think a heart transplant is a bit of a stretch”launches the doctor to his team members in the operating room, taken aback. “You don’t need that!” A little sport and you will be much better »he says to the patient, who dies a few seconds later.

This awareness-raising video from the Fondamental foundation, available on Youtube since 2019, demonstrates absurdly that when depression is not taken seriously, the consequences can prove fatal. A necessary reminder, because the entourage tends to underestimate the disease, even to make the individual feel guilty. “Get moving, it’s good for the mood”, “take charge”, “hanging out in bed won’t help you get out of it”: the remarks of loved ones often betray their incomprehension in the face of a pathology…

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