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10 Thing You Should Say to a Depressed Loved One

Knowing that someone you love has Depression can some times be difficult. You want to do all you can to help, but sometimes you just don't know what to say or what to do. You don't want to do anything that would make the depression worse.  Therese J. Borchard, the Associate Editor for Psych Central has 10 things that can say to a loved one with Depression that may help:

  1. "Can I relieve your stress in any way?" 
  2. "What do you think might help you feel better?"
  3. "Is there something I can do for you?"
  4. "Can I drive you somewhere?"
  5. "You won't always feel this way."
  6. " Can you think of anything contributing to your depression?" 
  7. "What time of day is hardest for you?" 
  8. "I'm here for you." 
  9. "Where are you getting support?" 
  10. Sometimes saying nothing and just listening is the best option

To learn more about what you can say to a loved one with depression, click here


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.