SillyGirl said:I wasn't suggesting that kids with depression should be told to shake it off and wait for life to get better. I was just saying that it's difficult for young people to comprehend that life goes through good and bad times, and that neither lasts forever.
And there's no need to lecture me about what depression feels like, I live it.
I hear you. It wasn't meant as a criticism or lecture, merely additional thoughts sparked by your post.
Reading it, I remembered people telling me that it would go away with time, and it would make me a stronger person - and none of that helped. What did help was finding a real friend that would be there through the hard times and the good. Not to suggest encouragement and talk of hope are worthless, I'm sure it registered somewhere subconsciously and helped me work toward a future I could be proud of.
I think nearly every person can understand depression - some more dark and horrible then others. However, once you're standing in shadow, there's no point in trying to see which is darker.
Might I suggest some good reading on the topic? Not in the name of education, but just good reading:
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
by Joanne Greenberg
She writes about her experience and struggle, and puts words to experiences most have trouble expressing. It's a daunting read.