People who are suffering from depression generally, knowingly or unknowingly have a false personality. These people have learned to alter their moods and try to show people that they are happier than it seems. They try to hide their emotions but certainly get caught in a sight when they are working with different kinds of people in office. In the past few years, there has been an uplift in the percentage of the people who are suffering from depression and this trend is increasing rapidly. Earlier people used to feel ashamed to tell others that they are suffering from depression even though it’s the most common mental illness faced by the people but now this disease is commonly spreading among youth as well as elders.
However, there are still some few misconceptions about the people who are suffering depression. Here are some points that your coworkers with depression don NOT want you to believe.
Misconception 1: They can get over it
People who haven’t suffered depression feel that the other person wants to seek attention that’s why they are sad or are feeling low. Most people come to them and tell them various stories, give suggestions on what to do and what not to. These are few things colleagues do and think that it helps them fight depression whereas this irritates the depressed person. They should ask people before giving them any kind of advice because they are tired of listening to it from everybody around them who think that they can get over their depression. Most people who want to help people who are suffering from depression they end up hurting them by their advice.
Unless you have done any degree in human psychology don’t give advice to the people who are suffering from depression. If you really want to help your coworker then tell them that they are available whenever you need any help and if they take a step forward, try to encourage them, support them, this will help far more than anything else.
Misconception 2: They are lazy
It’s the most hurtful statement a coworker can pass because there are several other reasons why they seem lazy. Sometimes people have to work more hard while in depression because they think many other factors. They want everything to be perfect. Most of the time they feel that they are worthless and don’t stand in the crowd this is not a result of laziness. There is certain reason they feel that way- they feel disappointment, they fear failure, have a fear that whether their work is productive or not, whether it has any impact or not.
At the emotional end, even though they break, they know that there are many other things that they have to take care of. They have bills to pay, a life to live, need bread and butter, so they work harder to achieve their goals that’s why they take time to do their work and might give an impression that they are lazy.
Misconception 3 : They always know why they feel that way
It took me time to think that I am in depression. When at the first I thought that I need rest and was feeling a little low. Then after sometime I come across the fact that I was suffering from depression. It took a lot of time to understand and it was really hard to face the situations. At every point I have told somebody that I was managing depression and they basically asked "why," and expected some compact, solid answer, it simply influenced me towards the need to never address them again.
These misconceptions lead to frustration, irritation, helplessness, anger, sadness, anxiety, etc. in that person. So, people shouldn’t provide any suggestion to them until they open themselves and seek for help themselves.