What to Say and What NOT to Say to Someone with Depression

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What to Say and What NOT to Say to Someone with Depression

Curtesy of Health.com

I’m here for you

What to say:

You’re not alone in this.

What NOT to say:

There’s always someone worse off than you are.

You matter

What to say:

You are important to me.

What NOT to say:

No one ever said that life was fair.

Let me help

What to say:

Do you want a hug?

What NOT to say:

Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Depression is real

What to say:

You are not going crazy.

What NOT to say:

So you’re depressed. Aren’t you always?

There is hope

What to say:

We are not on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.

What NOT to say:

Try not to be so depressed.

You can survive this

What to say:

When all this is over, I’ll still be here and so will you.

What NOT to say:

It’s your own fault.

I’ll do my best to understand

What to say:

I can’t really understand what you are feeling, but I can offer my compassion.

What NOT to say:

Believe me, I know how you feel. I was depressed once for several days.

You won’t drive me away

What to say:

I’m not going to leave you or abandon you.

What NOT to say:

I think your depression is a way of punishing us.

I care about you

What to say:

I love you. (Say this only if you mean it.)

What NOT to say:

Haven’t you grown tired of all this “me, me, me” stuff yet?

We’ll get through this together

What to say:

I’m sorry that you’re in so much pain. I am not going to leave you. I am going to take care of myself, so you don’t need to worry that your pain might hurt me.

What NOT to say:

Have you tried chamomile tea?

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