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5 Things to Do (And Not Do) to Support Someone with Depression

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1. Don’t Say ‘You’re Too Much’

2. Do Not Shame People for Being Negative

3. Help Them Adhere to Medication Routines If You Can (But Don’t Question Their Medical Decisions)

4. Understand That Depression Doesn’t Mean ‘Sadness’

5. Validate, Validate, Validate


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5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Somebody Dealing with Anxiety

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1. “You Just Need to Calm Down”
2. “Have You Tried (Exercising, Meditation, Eliminating Dairy, And So On)?”
3. “Why Do You Have to Control Everything?”
4. “Your Fear of ____ Is Totally Irrational”
5. “I’ve Got Anxiety, Too – I Totally Had an Anxiety Attack During Yesterday’s Episode of Scandal”

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Try to understand what depression and anxiety is.

There are things that you should try to avoid saying and doing

There are things that you should try to encourage