I saw this article this morning by Sammy Rhodes "6 Ways To Love A Depressed Person" and thought it was fantastic. If you live with, or are a friend of, someone who struggles with depression, this is a must read. I won't share the entire article, but these are just the six headings and a sentence from each point. I strongly recommend reading the entire (short) article. Here are the main points:
1. Keep the pin in the shame grenade - Depressed people feel tremendous amounts of shame...
2. Don't be simplistic - It's not always as simple as "Take medicine," or "Go see a counselor," or "Repent."
3. Take the physical as seriously as the spiritual - ...Because sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap (or a walk, or a meal).
4. Embrace awkward silence - If they're really depressed, the last thing they want to do is talk about why they're really depressed.
5. Help them take themselves less seriously -Humor is actually a vital part of dealing with depression, because if you listen closely enough to laughter you can hear the echoes of hope.
6. Give them grace by giving them space - Depressed people need the space to be alone, yet the security to know that you're not going anywhere.
Good, good stuff.