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5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who is Depressed

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1. “YOU’RE FINE.” 

The statement “You’re fine” can sometimes be used as a way to let people know “It’s all going to be okay.” But the reality is, sometimes this just isn’t the case. You just don’t know if it’s all actually going to be okay as it pertains to someone’s battle with mental health. But what you can do is let them know you’ll be there for them along the journey and help in any way you can.

People who are depressed or ridden with any other type of mental illness are anything but fine in their own mind, and they are yearning for someone to confirm what they are feeling is real and not just a figment of their own imagination. Confirmation and support are better than acting like their health issues aren’t as big of a deal as they are making them out to be.

2. “YOU’LL GET OVER IT.” 

I remember somebody once telling me that I would eventually get over my depression, and that all I needed to do was hold out a little bit longer, stay faith, and trust God in the process. That conversation happened about eight years ago, and I’m still waiting. The last thing you want to do to someone who is struggling with the hurt depression brings is to lie about eventually getting over it; because the reality is you just can’t know for sure and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s okay to admit that depression and mental health issues might be something one deals with for the rest of their life, and it’s also okay to admit that managing one’s depression is the only thing they might accomplish as opposed to completely overcoming it.

I don’t know if God will ever completely free me from the bondage of depression and the need to take anti-depressants, but I can say he has given me the strength to rise above. Unlike many pastors and Christian leaders, I see antidepressants as a gift from God rather than a lack of faith in his spirit and strength. God gave someone the gift of creating someone to help those in need, and I’m thankful for that gift. You might see otherwise as it pertains to this specific topic, and that’s okay.

Some days are better for me than others, but regardless, I know God is still with me anytime I need his comfort and support. It’s unending and constantly surrounding me.

3. “ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE ACTUALLY DEPRESSED?”

Don’t ever question the way someone is feeling in life. A person’s feelings are their truth, regardless of the opinions of others, or if others may think that their individual opinion is wrong. It’s still their own.

I’d be lying if I said there weren’t probably millions of people who have been misdiagnosed to think they have some type of clinical depression or mental heal issue, and that anti-depressants aren’t overly prescribed to people who probably don’t actually need them. But the reality is, who am I to judge someone’s feelings, emotions and lack of hope they claim in life? Antidepressants are not to be taken lightly, and the combination of spiritual and professional advice should both be taken into consideration when deciding if a prescription medication is right for you. This is a conversation between you and God, and you must take this conversation seriously.

I believe that it’s better to fight against something that may not exist as a precaution than to not do anything at all. We just need to be careful about using the word “depressed” and understand the severity of its meaning. Being sad for a few days or even a few weeks doesn’t necessarily mean one is depressed, but it also doesn’t mean that they are without the need of some type of counseling to see what is really taking place inside our hearts and souls.

4. “JUST THINK ABOUT THE POSITIVES.”

Clinical depression isn’t just something you can combat with positive thoughts and feelings. And saying this to someone is a complete slap in the face. If this was really the case, we’d see tens-of-millions free themselves from the shackles that keep them from truly experiencing joy in life. Studies show that mental health problems of all kinds, including clinical depression, are caused by chemical and electrical imbalances in the brain that keep one from feeling certain emotions. This means a clinically depressed person’s brain does not actually have the capacity to dwell on positive thoughts and feelings, let alone use them to fight against the negative ones they are currently struggling with on a day-to-day basis.

The last thing you want to tell someone who is struggling with depression is, “Just think positive thoughts.” Not only does this statement come off as ignorant, but it also unintentionally downplays the fidelity of one’s struggle and brokenness.

5. “I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.” 

This one may come off as a surprise to some, as trying to relate to someone who is struggling is a normal way of showing comfort and support. But the reality is, someone who is truly struggling with depression doesn’t need to hear that their loved one’s or those close to them are feeling the same way. Instead of trying to make the conversation about you, your feelings and your struggles, I recommend you stay focused on the person in front of you, their pain and their story. One of the greatest things you can do for someone who is hurting is to simply listen. There is nothing wrong with letting them know you’ve experienced pain in your own life, but try your best to keep the conversation about the person in front of you.

Listening goes a long way, and you’d be surprised to know the amount of people who are tired of getting wisdom from others and instead just want to be heard by those who they hold dear to their heart.

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Ani Rokosoi

    March 31, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Amen.

  2. Charity Lupiya

    March 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Amen.

  3. Lea Johnson

    March 24, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Glory hallelujah amen!!!!

  4. Alice Chong

    March 24, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Winnie Lawrence Gubud

  5. ShaQuila Broxie-Smith

    March 24, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Raphael Smith

  6. Terry Daley

    March 24, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Amen

  7. Susan Kipkulei

    March 24, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Already torn.

  8. Virginia Wong Castaneda

    March 23, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I want to thank one of the church leaders whom I reached out to (NOT!). She didn’t follow up and a week later saw me and said “Look who’s still alive” and laughed. SMH!!

  9. Sonya Alexander

    March 23, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Amen, smm

  10. Kristal Sabrina Rahim

    March 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Isn’t it a spirit that needs to be cast out. Yes fill the person with love but let her know she has authority given to her by God to break the chain. Go to the elders of the church and get annointed with oil and be delivered stand on God’s word. It is sickness that is the result of the devil. Rebuke it continuously till you’re free. It worked for me so it will work for you. Amen

    • Ashley Callines

      March 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Yes it is….

    • Kristal Sabrina Rahim

      March 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      lets pray for the author of this article because i believe that she will get deliverance from this.

    • Ashley Callines

      March 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Yes we should, because that spirit is strong it goes with the spirit of hopelessness and despair.

    • Kristal Sabrina Rahim

      March 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      yes and depression .. the devil makes you believe soo many lies its mental attacks you really need to bathe your body with the word and Romans 12 vs 1&2 . Renew the mind

    • Kristal Sabrina Rahim

      March 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      and just believe that God gave you a spirit of love power and self control. Gosh I wish i can meet with this person and just pray over her. bring her to my church. no one should go through this alone. she needs to be fed the truth

    • Ashley Callines

      March 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Yeah you are right because for example, I’m a generally happy positive person. One day some thoughts came to my mind that were out of order they were overbearing and draining. It kept happening. Until one day when my mind did that I stopped that thought in its track and was like why am I thinking this way, what’s the reason or purpose and there was none. So when those thoughts would come I would capture them before they manifested and thought positive thoughts. I’m doing very well now. Those thoughts have to be stopped immediately as soon as they pop up or they will get you.

    • Kristal Sabrina Rahim

      March 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      you did the right thing and the bible says we must capture every thought, and bring it under submission to the lord jesus christ. iw ent through this as well. feeling like i was overcome with hopelessness and anxiety. i was scared to leave home. i had to repeatedly submit every thought to the obedience of christ.

    • Kristal Sabrina Rahim

      March 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      thanks for sharing your experience. i believe it is now on us to spread the revelation that ppl can be healed of it completely.

    • Ashley Callines

      March 25, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Yes it is my sister in Christ!!!!

  11. Mercy Mwakajo

    March 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Lord let the words be a blessing to others

  12. Abiti Chasima

    March 23, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Amen

  13. Veronica Holmes

    March 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Angela Saltekin just saw this and thought of you even myself ✨

  14. Joyce Barnett

    March 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Amen true that real talk.

  15. Brina Doc

    March 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Great Advice

  16. Denice Moultrie

    March 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    this is an excellent article on depression

  17. Londiwe Zama

    March 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Amen

  18. Marilyn Chereti

    March 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Amen

  19. Joetta Williams

    March 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Pray b

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