Sometimes when we find ourselves in a situation where someone is looking to us for support, we end up saying things more out of our own discomfort with the topic or situation versus saying something that is helpful sometimes.
Take a quick listen to this video, for some common phrases or pieces of advice that are commonly heard being told to people who are suffering from depression. Hopefully, this video will give you a different viewpoint on how these phrases might be interpreted if you were suffering from depression and on the receiving end of these comments.
The purpose of this video is not to make you anxious about every word or phrase choice when you are trying to be there. Ultimately, being there for someone, listening, being empathetic and encouraging them to seek appropriate professional help are really the best things one can do.
Source for family members and caregivers for someone with a mental health condition:
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Dr. Andrew Kim M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and a principal investigator at Pillar Clinical Research. This video is for educational, informational, and entertainment purposes and should NOT be taken as personal medical advice.
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