My husband suffers from severe depression and anxiety and sometimes I am at a loss about what to say or do that will help him feel supported. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks very much.
Lots of cuddles! Even if someone doesn't have the works , cuddles is all you need!
Try to read up on depression as much as you can. Depression isn't caused by what you do or don't do. It is more understanding that you don't expect them to be anything different than what they are. We are sad. We know we have many things to be happy about but we aren't. We do not choose this life. I don't like being around other people because they expect too much from me.
Things I would like to hear... Because if I'm depressed, I'm in a lot of pain...Tell me you believe me and you love me. Give me a gentle but confident hug. Calmly reassure me of ur unconditional love & that ur not going anywhere (cuz I might fear you'll leave me cuz I'm depressed or anxious) Massage my neck or back. Offer to order dinner in & suggest a funny movie to watch at home. And sometimes just simply being there helps tremendously.
Thnx for the suggestions. It's good to know I'm on the right track!