The characters in question are soldiers—let's call them Jack and Jill for simplicity. The narrator is Jill. Jack has just gotten out of a really bad situation, and is facing forced early retirement as a consequence.
Um, depression doesn't need to have any external triggers. You can be depressed when your life is otherwise fine. (True story: I don't when I started being depressed. I got on anti-depressants when I was 21. Suddenly I had a normal range of emotions. My life is fine. Not great, but fine. I'm still depressed).
I'm aware of that, yep. But still, friends and family probably would want to try not to make the situation worse. I imagine certain things would help, and certain things would not.
I'm glad to hear you're doing better
Oh, and weird thing: depression can be literally painful. Headaches, general aches and pains, etc.
Brings back memories.
If they're in-betweenó someone with a lot of experience but no formal education on the subject (say, a child caring for their depressed parent), they might have learned what works or doesn't work for their particular situation, but since they lack training, they may do things that seem like they're helping and really aren't.
Jill fits into this category. She's supposed to be a little
socially awkward, but it'd just be implausible if she doesn't have some sort of idea of how to treat people with PTSD. I guess what I'm asking is: specifically, what're some things she would have picked up that would help, and what're some things that'd seem like they're helping but aren't?
edited 1st Oct '11 10:04:58 PM by Merlo
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am...