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5 Things Not to Say to Someone with Depression

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.

** The information in this video, including but not limited to, videos, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this video channel and its affiliated websites (such as are for informational and entertainment purposes only. No material on this channel is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen on this website or its affiliated social media sites and channels. **

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