Rudolf Arendt
Rudolf Arendt voted up Retiredkop Retiredkop's answer

Been there!  In 1989 I went to the doctor to get my test results.  He sat me in a chair, pulled another one over held my hand and said "How is your relationship with God"  I told him it was fine, then he told me I have 18 months to live.  I went to another … Read more

Rudolf Arendt
Rudolf Arendt voted up Walter The Grump's answer

I suffer from bipolar disorder, meaning I suffer from severe depression and mania. Here are the worst things to say:

"Suck it up and deal with it".

"Be positive and think happy thoughts".

Anytime I've heard those phrases I became highly angry.

The best thing to do is be there for your friend. Be supportive and compassionate. Be … Read more

Rudolf Arendt
Rudolf Arendt voted up Danae Hitch's answer

Kayle, just be with your friend. Ask her/him if there is anything that you can do to help them. Depression turns people inside themselves - they try to bury their feelings because it hurts.

If you have an extra spiral notebook, give it to your friend and ask them to journal every day just to … Read more