20 Things Never to Say to a Person With Depression
Depression is a very common illness that affects people across all age groups, genders and racial groups. Chances are high that someone you know will experience depression.
It’s easy for someone who has never experienced depression to think that it’s a mild, trifling illness that can be easily overcome. Those who have experienced depression know that it takes time, self-care, medication, and therapy to get back on the right track.
People with depression only feel worse when friends and family offer unhelpful words of advice. Here are some things you should avoid saying to a person with depression:
1. Suck it up!
Some people who are having a bad day can successfully pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Not so for a person with depression. To get over depression, a person will ultimately need help from others, most likely professionals. Telling someone to be stronger when they have no recourse to improve themselves is insensitive and even cruel.