Colorado Health & Wellness Interview On Depression
Since I wrote about depression yesterday, I figured I’d highlight a long interview with Colorado Health & Wellness magazine on my history dynamics with depression titledÂ Brad Feld’s Village.
I was interviewed byÂ Sarah Protzman Howlett, who did a lot of research before the interview, and then spoke with a number of people close to me after we talked. She did a great job and the subsequent article captured a bunch of important things about depression. The only thing she got wrong was that I was wearing a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch.
There was a good summary of tactical things at the end of the article that a few people in my village (my wife Amy Batchelor and my close friends Dave Jilk and Jerry Colonna) suggested.
Call the doc.Â â€œYour primary-care doctor is a good place to start,â€� Batchelor says. â€œThey have a much more public health component now, asking things like, â€˜Are you safe at home?â€™ Take advantage of that access.â€�
Care for yourself.Â If youâ€™re seeing your friend, loved one or spouse struggle, â€œItâ€™s not selfish to take good care of yourself; you shouldnâ€™t feel guilty if you need a break,â€� Batchelor says.
Give the gift of armor.Â By just showing up, youâ€™re giving someone â€œan exoskeleton that they donâ€™t themselves have or canâ€™t create,â€� Colonna says.
Just be there.Â â€œYou canâ€™t really help actively,â€� Jilk says. â€œConsolation is kind of an error. Itâ€™s more about being there and listening.â€�
And donâ€™t try to fix.Â â€œI see youâ€™re struggling todayâ€� is a good jumping-off point, Colonna says, but donâ€™t use it as a way to talk about your own experience (a common problem known as conversational hijacking).
Laugh. Or try to.Â â€œThis is serious stuff, obviously,â€� Batchelor says, â€œbut humor and laughter buoys the spirit and gives some relief in the moment.â€�
If you have a friend or colleague who is struggling with depression, I hope this is helpful.
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