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Things you should and shouldn't say to someone struggling with depression

Taken from @the_depression_chronicles11 under post "how to speak to someone with depression" here

Avoid saying:

  • "What do you have to be sad about, there are literally thousands of people who are worse off than you"

  • "Nobody ever said life was fair, I have it hard too"

  • "Stop feeling sorry for yourself"

  • "Just be happy man, it's that simple"

  • "You just need to stop thinking so much"

  • "Snap out of it"

  • "So you're depressed, aren't you always, what's new?"

  • "It's your own fault"

  • "You should have made better choices"

  • "Believe me, I know exactly how you feel. I was depressed for a month when my cat died"

  • "Your moods are sucking the life out of everyone around you"

  • "If you were more pleasant, your depression would go away"

  • "Have you tried chamomile tea?"

  • "You've got a job, a wife, a car, you literally have it all"

  • "I don't want to hear about your emotional stuff"

  • "You're just too sensitive"

Try saying:

  • "You're not alone in this"

  • "You are important to me"

  • "You are not going crazy"

  • "Would you like a hug?"

  • "When these feelings have passed I'll still be here"

  • "I can't really understand what you are feeling but I can offer my support and compassion"

  • "I'm not going to leave you or abandon you"

  • "I'm sorry that you're in so much pain"

  • "What can I do to help?"

  • "I'll always be here to listen"

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