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23 Things You Probably Shouldn't Say To Someone With Depression

We know your intentions are good, but no.

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Being there for someone struggling with depression can be tricky, and it can be tempting to pull away rather than risk saying the wrong thing.

But don't do that. Your friends need you now more than ever. Just keep in mind that some of these well-meaning phrases might have a completely different meaning for someone with depression.

5. "But why are you depressed?"

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Awesome that you want to understand. Just, you know, it's not so much a single reason as an individual combination of genetics, biology, environment, social experiences, and learned behaviors.

14. "I understand, I get depressed sometimes, too."

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Unless you're talking about your own struggle with depression, this is an easy way to make us feel invalidated in under three seconds.

16. "Maybe you should concentrate on exercising and eating right?"

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OK, physical health might be connected to mental health, but if you're not our doctor, that's not really any of your business.


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