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Here’s some good advice I never follow.

Here are 5 rules for life:

  • The secret to communication is remembering that what the other person knows is different than what I know.
  • It’s okay to have issues; everyone has issues.
  • Acceptance does not require understanding.
  • If I see a problem, and the solution for the problem is for other people to change, then I am the problem.
  • I am the company I keep.

Here are 3 rules for Burning Man virgins:

  • At some point, all your friends are going to ditch you. It’s okay.
  • You are going to meet people who look at the world in an entirely different way than you do, and you may never understand them. It’s okay.
  • You have to be able to make your own fun. It won’t happen for you, and it’s okay.

What can I do?

How can I help someone with depression?

(Especially if this person doesn’t want help?)

You can’t force a person to accept your help, but you can let them know they are not alone. If someone with depression is willing to talk to you, then remember a few things:

  1. Don’t try to fix their problems and avoid giving advice, i.e., “If I were you, I’d…”
  2. Don’t say patronizing crap like, “Everything’s gonna work out,’ or “It’ll get better.”
  3. The goal isn’t to make yourself feel better. You’re not a hero to the rescue. This isn’t about you.
  4. While you should do more listening than talking, don’t let yourself become a verbal punching bag.
  5. You are not their clinical therapist. Don’t diagnose them.

Your goal should be to make sure they are safe.

  1. Ask them what they’ve been eating, and how much sleep they’re getting. Ask them what they are doing tomorrow or the day after. It’s important to hear about concrete plans in the near future.
  2. Ask “How” or “What” questions instead of “Why” questions. For example, “What’s making you feel this way?” is much better than “Why are you sad?”
  3. A depressed person’s sense of reality is distorted. They might say things that aren’t true, e.g., “I can’t do anything right.” But debating facts with them might just cause them to shut down. Instead, you can validate feelings: “It must be overwhelming…”
  4. Finally, if they are alone and you are reasonably sure they will harm themselves, then call emergency services.