Sometimes, they try to hide it -- sometimes, they'll push you away. I know you think that by being positive and following them around like their personal cheerleader, one day it might occur to them, "Yeah!

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Like a cold or the flu, it can come out of nowhere and hit them.

Or think of it another way: your friend is in an abusive relationship with depression.

Depression has cut off their ability to have other friends. Depression is constantly putting them through hell, making everything more stressful, making them doubt themselves, making everything difficult.

Depression has beaten them -- to the point where they will have actual physical pain.

Depression has taken control of their life, to the point where it's easier to just feel nothing. It's even harder to not wonder if you did something to make your loved one depressed.

When you're depressed, you feel this complete and utter inability to be yourself, and it makes it ten times harder when you're around loved ones; i.e., people who know the real "you." Being with strangers can sometimes be easier for them. They get to pretend that they aren't depressed for a short amount of time.

It can really hurt you to see this, and you sometimes wonder if it's just you causing the depression. If your loved one is acting depressed around you, its a good sign in a strange way.

It means that they love and trust you enough to share this with you.

I've had my share of my own crazy and sure, I have my bad times. We can't understand why they are doing the things they are doing.