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What To Say To Someone That Is Depressed

This page is a listings of what to say to someone that is depressed and what not to say to someone that is depressed. The reason that the "What-nots" are listed first is because these are what people usually say first to those that are depressed, not realizing that what they are saying is not helping, but in fact making the person feel worse.

What Should Not Be Said To Those That Are Depressed
  • "It's all in your mind!"
  • "No one ever said that life was fair."
  • "There are alot of people that are worse off then you."
  • "You just have to think positively!"
  • "This will blow over in a few weeks."
  • "All you ever do is complain."
  • "I'm so sick of your whining."
  • "Your just doing this for attention."
  • "Nobody likes a downer."
  • "Why don't you smile more?"
  • "Everyone has problems, why are you so special?"
  • "Snap out of it!"
  • "Your so depressing that your making me depressed."
  • "Your making a mountain out of a molehill."
  • "Maybe you should take a vacation."
  • "Maybe you just need to go to church more often."
  • "Tomorrow is a new day!"
  • "Your better then this."
  • "You think you have problems...."
  • "Just shut up and deal with it."
  • "Your only as happy as you think you are."
  • "Aren't you being just *alittle* dramatic?"
  • "You didn't seem depressed this morning when...."
  • "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."
  • "You must have alot of free time on your hands if you have all this time to dwell on things."
  • "So, you're depressed. Aren't you always?"
  • "What you need is some real tragedy in your life to give you perspective."
  • "You have to take up your bed and carry on."
  • "I want the old (Insert name) back. I don't like the way you are now."
  • "Your so crazy, your driving me crazy!"
  • "Everyone is sick and tired of your constant complaining."

What Should Be Said Those That Are Depressed

  • "I love you!"
  • "I'm here for you no matter what."
  • "You are important to me."
  • "We will make it through this together."
  • "If the human brain were simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it." -- a codeveloper of Prozac, quoted from "Listening to Prozac"
  • "I don't understand what you are going through, but I am here for you always."
  • "I am going to help you get the help you need."
  • "You are so special to me."
  • "If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, I'm here."
  • "Do you need a hug?"