If your roommate is suffering from depression, it can be tough to know how to help them while still maintaining your own mental health. Here are some thoughts on how to navigate this situation empathetically.
The core issue with social anxiety is that nervous thoughts can accumulate and build upon themselves. Rumination is when you have one anxious thought, which leads to another, and a snowball effect occurs. But there are ways to stop it!
Even as attitudes on mental health are changing, there seems to be a lingering sense of skepticism towards therapy. It’s crucial for us to believe in the solution just as much as we believe in the problem.
If falling = failing, rock climbing forced me to face failure over and over again. I lay on the mat - still dizzy from my fall, but otherwise unharmed - and thought to myself: “I have failed. What now?”