Stephen Fry on Depression: this statement is 100% correct

I posted a photo to my twitter account yesterday that attached a photo off Stephen Fry with this quote of his:

“If you know someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why.  Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. 


Try to understand the blackness, the lethargy, the hopelessness and loneliness they are going through.  Be there for them when they come through the other side.  It’s hard to be a friend to someone who is depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest and best things you will ever do.”

Stephen Fry has absolutely nailed this quote.  He is 100% correct.  

Reading made me think about my friends, few though they are, and made me realise that I probably have not, and arguably will never be able to, thank them enough for just being my friends.  I know, at times I can be difficult to be around but my friends, the true ones, have stuck by me on this journey living with depression. 

Simply: thank you for being my friends (you know who you are).  If you know someone who is depressed: please follow Mr Fry’s advice.  I promise you will not regret it! 

4 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Big Red Carpet Nursing and commented:
    Important point. Depression is not ABOUT anbything, really. any more than any other natural disaster is about anything. We find things to explain our despair, but they really don’t. It’s an illness, and like most illnesses, can be triggered or worsened by stress.

  2. Reblogged this on WORK IT OUT LIFE SERVICES and commented:
    Depression takes its toll on Everyone: those with it & those that deal with it in others. Friendships are hard to keep. Some dont wanna hear about it, some dont wanna burden you, some think you should get over it, others dont know what to say, some think all we need is a stronger relationship with God. Some try to understand but overtime feel like its not worth it to keep the relationship going. And then those that Love you no matter what.

    My advice.. my BiG GiNORMOUS ADVICE is dont be afraid to be normal with your friends or family suffering with depression. If you have problems & issues in your Life to compare them to the problems or worries of your Depressed friend , family or co-worker. Normalcy is what we crave & need to come out of Our depression. We feel isolated when you withdraw whats going on in your Life & that’s when Life gets ugly & Depression Perceived gets the upperhand over our mind & otherwise good senses.

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