What to Say to Depressed Loved Ones

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  • 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: 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 That God Is the Answer

Faith can be an extremely comforting aspect of life, but when it comes to depression, prayer doesn’t cure all. Chronic and severe depression doesn’t go away without doing the work, and that work may consist of medication and therapy. 

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