What Not to Say to a depressed person


What Not to Say to a depressed person

I found this great article about what NOT to say to someone who is living with depression and the alternative suggestions.  It is worth visiting the link and reading the article in full so you can understand WHY.  Thanks for taking the time to research and learn how to care for your loved one who is depressed.  It takes courage, knowledge, patience and love to do so. ♥

Which piece of advice will most likely cheer up a clinically depressed person?

A. “Pull yourself together.”
B. “Look on the bright side.”
C. “Don’t worry. It’s nothing serious.”

The answer: None of the above. Such statements probably will make a depressed mate or friend feel worse.

“Snap out of it.”

Better to say: “I’ve noticed you haven’t been sleeping well lately, and I’m concerned. Why don’t I set up a doctor’s appointment for you?”

“Just think positive.”

Better to say: “We’ll get through this.”

“Relax. It’s no big deal.”

Better to say“Do you feel like you want to hurt yourself?”

“I know exactly how you feel.”

Better to say: “Do you want to talk?”

“Have a drink. You’ll feel better.”

Better to say“Want to go for a walk?”

“Stop feeling so sorry for yourself.”

Better to say: “This can happen to the best of us.”

“You have so much to be happy about.”

Better to say“You seem really down lately. Is there anything I can do?”

“Wait and see how you feel tomorrow.”

Better to say: “There’s a lot of help out there.”

“It’s all up to you now.”

Better to say: “Can I watch the kids while you go to your appointment?”  Or offer to help however you can.


Quoted from Source:  LifeScript
What Not to Say When Your Partner Has the Blues
By Linda Wasmer Andrews

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