It can be challenging when talking to someone experiencing a bad episode of depression. It can be even more challenging when you say the wrong thing!
- Cheer up
- It isn’t that bad
- You take everything so personally
- Calm down
- Snap out of it
- No matter what happens, I will be there for you.
- I love you and I care for your well-being, please call me if you need help with anything.
- I’m sorry that you feel so down right now.
- I am hear to listen, please tell me what’s going on for you.
- You mean a lot to me, if there is anything I can do to help please let me know.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, my good friend mania cannot be reasoned with. Anything and everything you say will either be shrugged off, or looked into deeply in a bid to find some form of hidden meaning. So as far as I’m concerned, there is no right or wrong thing to say in the heights of a manic episode.