I've been concerned about my friend as of late. She told me that she was so sick that she quit her job, but wouldn't tell me with what. Eventually she opened up to me that she is battling some pretty severe depression. Obviously so depressed that she quit her job, some days eats a ton, other days doesn't eat anything at all. Naturally I'm really worried about her and to make matters worse I'm in Regensburg and she is in Osaka. I'm going to be in Osaka for a month in August, but thats is a bit far away right now. I want to comfort her, but I'm afraid of coming off as patronizing. I don't want to trivialize the sickness, as I have never really had depression that bad. I guess there were points in my life where I suffered from it, but never to the point that I quit my job or radically changed my appetite. I have no idea how to broach the subject, and subtlety is not a strongpoint of mine. How can I be there for her without coming off as minimizing the illness or talking down to her? Anyone with experience in this matter, I would greatly appreciate your input.