What to Say to Depressed Loved Ones

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  • Do: Remind Them There is Hope
  • Do: Ask What You Can Do For Them
  • Don’t: Make Them Feel Bad For Not Being Like You
  • Do: Your Best to Understand and Empathize
  • Do: Ask Them If They Have Thought About Suicide
  • The Dos and The Don’ts of Support
  • Don’t: Tell Them Life Could Be Worse
  • Do: Point Out Alarming Behavior
  • Don’t: Tell Them That God is the Answer
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Do: Your Best to Understand and Empathize

It’s hard to understand what depression feels like if you aren’t going through it. So instead of trying to say you know what it’s like, remember that you really don’t know. But you can learn, research the disease and be open to just being a shoulder to cry on.

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