Thursday 29 June 2017

Depression is frustrating and misunderstood

People struggle to cope with and understand a depressed person no matter how much they care, writes Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

'TALK to someone" is the advice always given to those of us who may occasionally or frequently suffer from that most complicated, debilitating and still frustratingly misunderstood illness: depression.

I've used the phrase myself, unthinkingly, I realise now, as if that one simple act of personal communication is a cure-all in itself.

Recently, during a conversation about the tragic, untimely death of Kate Fitzgerald and the consequent fallout from the posthumously published account by Kate of her own anguish, a friend -- who also happens to be a therapist -- made a most unwelcome yet baldly honest comment:

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