Depression is an illness, and those who have it can’t just snap out of it or stop thinking about it. In this video, Dutch physics student Jonathan Schoenmaker discusses the improvements he felt in his mental health when he surrounded himself with people who simply spent time with him.
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TEDx says, “Jonathan Schoenmaker struggled with depression. With the best intentions, his friends and family would try to help by saying all the wrong things. In the end, Jonathan found the best way for him to experience happiness. As it turned out, what he needed most wasn’t what everyone told him it would be…Jonathan’s talk is about his experience of suffering years of depression and the steps one can actually take to try and help people with this serious disease.”