Quote of the Week

"’What’s wrong?’ ‘Why don’t you get out and do something?’ ‘You’d feel
better if you got up and took a shower.’ When I’ve started down that
long black spiral into depression, such well-intentioned comments are
more hurtful than helpful. The first two simply have no answer, and all
three require answers or action of which I’m incapable and thus feed my
feeling of hopelessness. The words that are most welcome are ‘What can
I do to help?’ Sometimes I need a hug, or someone to do a specific task
that I feel is overwhelming, or just a quiet presence in the room,
someone not trying to ‘fix’ the situation or supply answers or
suggestions for improvement. Sometimes I just need someone to be there,
so the dark isn’t quite so big." — Kathy Cronkite, "On the Edge of
Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression"


1 Comment

  1. Tim V said,

    December 25, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Merry Christmas, Marissa. Thank you for your blog.

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