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Your Answers: The Worst Depression Advice (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and hundreds of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("Get over it") to the plain unhelpful ("Be positive"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • You don’t look sick
  • Did you take your meds?
  • Be positive
  • Try to forget the past
  • Get over it
  • Just relax
  • Don’t let it bother you

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about depression do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

For me the worst is when people confuse depression with sadness. "Yeah, my dog died, and I was depressed for a week." That is grieving, and it's normal.… read more

posted 8 days ago

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