So I have posted a lot of things that people with depression can read for themselves, but what about the people around them? Does depression only affect the person who is diagnosed with it? Or does its effects have a broader range?
I have people close to me who suffer from depression and anxiety, which has given me somewhat of a good understanding that depression can hurt more than just the primary victim. There are multiple things about that, that I find hard. One is, that is it hard to see your loved ones suffer. Another is, that in hard times or challenges, it is already a full-time job to help yourself stay happy. But when you need to try and help another be happy along with yourself, it stretches you.
I want to refer to a story posted in a discussion about depression on about.com.
It can be difficult to see your loved ones go through such a struggle. What makes it harder, is that you sometimes don’t understand it, even though you try so hard. Good examples of that are among the men and women in military service. They go through such awful things sometimes, and will carry those experience with them, and there is no way for us, who are back home, to ever understand fully how it must have been. There is support out there for families with loved ones in the military, who suffer from depression.
I want to really press upon the fact, that depression is a very real illness, and causes very real suffering. That suffering does not limit itself to the primary victims, but often extends itself to those around them. Just as it can damage the one suffering from it, it can indirectly cause such damage to those around them. They too need comfort. They too need support.