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conversation with a family member about depression/anxiety

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More family drama led to this conversation.  My niece by marriage called last night & during the discussion about the family  drama I said that my brother (her father-in-law)  really  needs to sit down with a professional.  I reminded her of the year that I nearly gave up on life.  That's when she said she didn't know what to say to my brother or me about depression. I just told her what not to say ("get over it, it's all in your head, get up and do something, stop feeling sorry for yourself & other negative things).  I told her that if she could find something positive or constructive to say, a hug will say alot.  And sometimes that all we need. I wish I had the ability to write a book about what to say to a person who suffers from depression/anxiety.  I'm sure there are books out there but I haven't found one yet.


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