|Depression: Helping A Friend
If you have a friend who's been acting sad for a long time or been distant or grouchy and wants to be alone, you should look for more of the Signs and Symptoms of major depression and Manic Depression.
If you think your friend might be clinically depressed, you can help by listening whenever he or she wants to talk about it. It can be hard to be around someone who's always bummed out. Many people react to this by staying away or being harsh, but try to avoid telling her to snap out of it or getting angry that she's not as fun as she used to be. If you have a friend who acts like she wants to be left alone, or is withdrawing from things, it's natural to think, "Okay, if that's what she wants-" Try to get past feelings like this to reach out to someone who may desperately need your help.
Here are some things to say that might break the ice: