The 10 Stupidest Things You Can Say To A Depressed Person

I’ve heard it all.

Thought Catalog

1. “Just go outside more!”

Right, because going outside is the easiest part of any depressed person’s day, and the only thing stopping them from going for a light frolic through the local park is the fact that no one has told them how awesome it was! The thing is, a huge part of depression is not being able to navigate the world in the way you used to, and there is a good chance that they are trying desperately just to make it out to get basic food supplies if they are at a low point of an episode. It’s not that they don’t know how good fresh air feels, it’s that they can’t force themselves to do it without having a minor breakdown.

2. “You need more exercise.”

Everyone needs more exercise, and it can certainly help a lot of people with temporary bouts of sadness, but someone…

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  1. #1 by aspenlinmer on September 30, 2013 - 5:16 am

    A great list…and so much of it very, very true. Thank you for sending it out to help people understand how their words can affect someone who is depressed. 🙂

    What do you think SHOULD/can be said to someone who is facing depression?


    • #2 by Frantic Living on September 30, 2013 - 9:53 am

      Support them I guess? There is therapy and medication for a reason. 🙂

      • #3 by aspenlinmer on September 30, 2013 - 3:20 pm

        Very true. I think medication can really be a help if used in conjunction with support. My father calls these types of meds “vitamins for the brain”…they help you get going and stay healthy as long as you have additional support as well.

        In what ways do you think a person in this situation can best be shown support? What words are helpful?


      • #4 by Frantic Living on September 30, 2013 - 3:45 pm

        Watch the video on my latest post.

      • #5 by aspenlinmer on September 30, 2013 - 4:13 pm

        Ok, Will do. Thanks 🙂


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