Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Corine from Between the Lines. She was a pleasure to speak to and we had quite a few laughs. Based in Trinidad and Tobago I was a little jealous of how much sun she said she had, but spring is coming to Canada soon.
The interview topics was about the stigma of depression (and mental health). I was able to discuss some coping strategies that I have found useful (e.g. exercise).
Depression comes with assumptions like:
- you’re just sad
- you’re lazy
- you just don’t want to
None of those are true and I extensively cover this topic in my new book Embracing Me. The short version of that is that depression (as least for me) is a lack of emotions. It isn’t about being sad. I am not lazy – actually quite the opposite I tend to stress clean and re-arrange my house. And I want to life but I don’t know how.
I want to leave this post short and sweet so that the main point isn’t lost. The main point is this:
Don’t assume you know how someone with depression is feeling. All you need to do is be there for them, not tell them how to be.
If you want to watch the interview on Between the Lines click here.