Hello, and welcome to "Depression: Expert Answers". I'm Amy Alpine, and joining me today is Dr. Melva green,
and Dr. Green was voted one of America's top psychiatrists. Thank you so much for being here.
It's my honor.
Today we're gonna be answering questions from WebMD's Depression Exchange Board. Our first member writes in:
"How can I help others understand what depression is so they stop telling me to get over it?"
That's such a great question Amy. And unfortunately people with depression often face that problem. We've moved leaps and bounds in the world of Psychiatry and Mental Health.
We've gone from understanding the troubled mind, to really being able to explore and expand what it means to have a "broken brain". This biological revolution has been amazing.
Unfortunately the social revolution has never really quite caught up. Stigma is still a real major, major issue.
Unfortunately these times when people need the greatest support, they often can't find it.
So how can you help to change people's perception?
You know Amy, because there are so many hard wired beliefs in different communities, in different cultures, that's a tough one.
But what someone can do however is change their own perception about what someone else thinks about their condition. They can do really good self-care. They can be kind to themselves;
they can show themselves compassion. And maybe my modeling that will change how others deal with them.
So you use the word modeling – what is modeling exactly?
Simple, it's just setting an example. Setting an example with good self-care – with diet exercise, taking time in nature, engaging with people,
doing all the things that are really good for nourishing the mind, the body and the spirit.
You know, I've been thinking about yesterday. A gentleman came up to me on the street– obviously someone who had fallen on hard times—stuck up a conversation. We got into a dialogue.
Before long a police officer came by thinking I needed help and I said "no, no we're chatting, we're chatting here".
In that moment I was modeling for this police officer sort of how we should engage people who are having difficulties with mental health disorders.
It's really important to be the best example. I think that's the only way we can make a difference.
And that you accepted him on face value. Always a pleasure Dr. Green and we'll see you next time on Depression: Expert Answers