10 Things Not to Say to Someone With DepressionMore than 14 million Americans suffer from clinical depression, but much about it is still misunderstood. People often assume that a comment that might make them feel better on a bad day will do the same for someone who’s depressed. That’s just not the case. Clinical depression is more than the blues. Here’s a sampling of what not to say.
"I know how you feel"
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This is a very common phrase used to comfort someone going through a rough time, but is likely the last thing that a depressed person wants to hear. Once those words are uttered the recipient is probably thinking, “how could you possibly know what I am experiencing right now?” And they are right… you can’t possibly know. Instead you may want to say, “I’m sorry you are having a hard time right now. If you want to talk about it, I’m here to listen.”