Tim White

Things you should or shouldn’t say to someone depressed
Things you should or shouldn’t say to someone depressed
In light of the death of Robin Williams, some things you should or shouldn’t say to someone who is depressed.  Depression is not a choice — but that doesn’t stop people who don’t know any better from making comments that suggest it is. Here are 15 things that you shouldn’t say somebody who is struggling with depression:
  1. “Other people have it much worse than you do.”
  2. “You’ll feel better tomorrow.”
  3. “Life isn’t fair.”
  4. “You just have to deal with it.”
  5. “Life goes on.”
  6. “I know how you feel, I was depressed once.”
  7. “You’re being selfish.”
  8. “Go out, have fun, have a drink, and forget about it.”
  9. “You’re bringing me down.”
  10. “What do you even have to be depressed about?”
  11. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.”
  12. “You need to go on a run.”
  13. “You just need to get out of the house.”
  14. “Everyone else is dealing with life, so why can’t you?” “
  15. You’re strong, you’ll be fine.”

Here are some things you should say:

1. You’re right, this sucks.

2. You don’t walk this path alone. I’m here if you need me.

3. I believe in you… You’re awesome!

4. How can I help? What can I do for you?

5. I’m here if you want to talk (walk, go shopping, get a bite to eat, etc.).

6. I know it’s hard to see this right now, but it’s only temporary… Things will change. You won’t feel this way forever. Look to that day.

 

 

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