It contained links to a blog called "Hyperbole and a Half".
The recent 2 posts are probably the most comprehensible description of a depression I've ever seen or heard of:
Adventures in Depression
Depression Part Two
I think it's a must-read for anyone who's dealing with people that feel that way.
In my opinion, the part about the dead fish hits the bullseye:
B: What's wrong?
A: My fish are dead.
B: Don't worry! I'll help you find them! Are there any clues where they went?
A: I know where they are... The problem is they aren't alive anymore.
B: Let's keep looking! I'm sure they'll turn up somewhere!
A: NO, see, that solution is for a different problem than the one I have.
You might want to keep this in mind, next time you talk to someone who's got a depression.Friends and others:
"Fish are always deades before the dawn"
"You used to have so many fish... what happened?"
"Have you tried feeding them?"
"We should get together this weekend and make fun little finger puppets out of them!"
"What about bees? Do you like bees?"
"Why not just make them alive again?"
A: WHY CAN'T ANYONE SEE HOW DEAD THESE ARE??
Think twice before you try to help them saying something like:
"You should do yoga while watching the sunrise. It's literally impossible to feel negative and sad while appreciating the wonder of the universe."