This week we are going to take the reader, you, back to some previous issues from our Depressed Anonymous blog.
This article, Is depression contagious, was first published on December 3rd, 2018. (You can scroll back through the Blogs and find it at this date.)
I am asked this same question many times and many times the questioner is surprised when I say that, yes, depression can be contagious. If you are asking the same question, discovering that you are feeling helpless as you try to pull a friend or family member out of the quicksand of depression without success. Nothing that you try works!
When all your best efforts and desire to be free from the dark valley of hopelessness fail, you gradually begin to pull away from the relationship. Now, feeling sucked into the whirlpool of the melancholia yourself , you begin to withdraw and head for the higher ground of safety.
So, please look at the article (12/3/18) and see if there is something there which may be of help to you on how to be present to someone depressed–without yourself getting depressed. There ARE ways to help.