“All people in depression need patience, patience, patience. Depression is a disease. It is marked by a chemical imbalance in the brain. No one ever wants to be depressed. No one can simply throw off a moderate or severe depression. It would be nice if someone could.
“Being there” is the most important thing, with gentle understanding.
Depression brings an agony within which death seems to be a blessed relief from anxiety, fear and loneliness. It takes a great friend to stay with someone in this state, to stay without lecturing, without condemnation, without exasperation, without fleeing.
Above all, recall that depression is an illness and try to blame any consequences on the illness and not on the sufferer.”