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Don’t Say Things That Make Depression Worse for a Loved One

Don’t Say Things That Make Depression Worse for a Loved One

You might say things that make depression worse, even if you have the best of intentions. Don't be hurtful or insensitive. Visit HealthyPlace to learn what not to say to someone who is depressed.

Many times people say things that make depression worse. These things they say are hurtful or seem insensitive to those of us with depression. Whether intentional or not, it still stings and can even lead us to a major depressive episode. There are still many misconceptions about depression, and one of the reasons I write is so that I can help people learn about and better understand depression and what it really is. One way to do this is by offering suggestions of what to say to someone with depression, which I wrote about in my previous post. Another is to let people know what things they should not say to people who have depression.

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Easy Ways to Practice Self-Love on Difficult Depression Days

Easy Ways to Practice Self-Love on Difficult Depression Days

When we practice self-love, we shorten the struggle with depression. Read this for simple ways to practice self-love on even the most difficult depression days.

Depression makes it difficult to practice self-love, particularly on the darkest of days. When a seemingly simple activity such as getting out of bed is overwhelming, it is hard to think about practicing self-love; however, by doing small things to show ourselves love, nourishing our minds and bodies can be done.

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What to Say to Someone with Depression

What to Say to Someone with Depression

Wondering what to say to someone with depression? Here are a few things someone with depression would like to hear. Take a look.

Sometimes people don’t know what to say to someone with depression. Those of us with depression typically have family and friends who want to encourage us; however, all too often we find that even well-meaning people end up saying the very things we don’t need to hear. When this happens, it can leave both the person who spoke the words and the person to whom they were spoken feeling quite discouraged and possibly angry or upset. While I’d like it if all people could somehow know what to say to someone with depression, that’s not realistic. Instead, we need to give them suggestions and guidelines. I’ve come up with some things that I would like to hear as someone with depression.

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Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping Friends When You Have Depression Is a Challenge

Keeping friends when you have depression is difficult because symptoms get in the way. Keeping friends is easier when you only keep the good ones.

Keeping friends when you have depression can be difficult. Often those of us with depression exert a great deal of energy in simply accomplishing daily tasks, practicing self-care, and caring for our families. It can feel like maintaining friendships is the last thing we have time for; however, keeping friends when you have depression is an important part of learning to cope.

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Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult

Overwhelming Depression Makes Daily Tasks Difficult

 

I have been feeling overwhelming depression for the past couple of weeks. Living with a mental illness can make anyone exhausted, turning simple daily tasks into daunting and dreaded foes. My responsibilities loom before me like an abysmal darkness that I cannot escape. Practicing self-care feels impossible. Even thinking about housework or errands exhausts me. Welcome to the hard days of overwhelming depression.

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Depression Self-Care in Relationships Requires Communication

Depression Self-Care in Relationships Requires Communication

Relationships require communication around depression self-care. I have to remind myself constantly that my depression self-care and mental health goals are mine, and mine alone. I do not share the same goals as others with similar brains, and I should not expect others to have the same goals. One of my uncles told me recently that, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” Applying that idea to the intimate relationship I maintain with my partner, I realize that I have a lot of expectations regarding depression self-care and mental health, and that I need to communicate my depression self-care needs appropriately in order to successfully care for myself and maintain a healthy relationship.

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Depression and Setting Emotional Boundaries

Depression and Setting Emotional Boundaries

Setting emotional boundaries when you have depression is tough. Need some tips to help you set emotional boundaries despite depression? Read this.

Depression can make it difficult to set emotional boundaries with people in your life. Many people I’ve met who suffer from depression, including myself, suffer from difficulties being assertive enough to look after their own emotional wellbeing but setting emotional boundaries is important in depression.

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Distress Tolerance Is Important for Depression

Distress Tolerance Is Important for Depression

Distress tolerance will help people with depression and caregivers. Here's why we need to learn how to practice distress tolerance. Take a look.

Distress tolerance is important for depression sufferers and depression caregivers. These skills can be vital in showing a depressed person that they are accepted even when they are suffering. Here’s why distress tolerance is important for depression and why we need distress tolerance skills.

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Tips to Beat Depression This Winter

Tips to Beat Depression This Winter

I’m scared for this winter. It’s not simply the vicious cold and the almost daily dump of snow that I’m dreading, but the annual worsening of my depression. While I haven’t been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, I know that winter affects my depression symptoms.

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Talk About Your Feelings When You’re Depressed

Talk About Your Feelings When You’re Depressed

In childhood I really believed the phrase, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

I learned to smile all the time so that people liked me. I rarely ever complained, since I knew that so many people in the world had things in their lives far worse than I could imagine. It’s no wonder that my family and friends only learned about my depression symptoms and feelings when I became actively suicidal.

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