What Not To Say (And What You Should Say) To A Person With Depression

 

7. I’ve suffered from depression myself.

If this is actually true – and you’re comfortable saying it – then this can be a great disclosure to make, as it helps the sufferer realize that they’re not alone.

 

8. Have you made an appointment to see a doctor?

Such a response implicitly acknowledges the person’s pain and also encourages them to seek help – both very good things.

 

9. This must be very hard for you, but you’re going to get through this.

Reinforcing a positive message can give the sufferer hope.

 

10. Is there something we can do together to take your mind off it?

Try to encourage them to take part in joyful activities.

 

How about you? What are the best and worst things you’ve heard when you’ve told someone that you’re suffering from depression?


Written by Danny Baker
Originally appeared in The Good Men Project

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What Not To Say (And What You Should Say) To A Person With Depression

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