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From the “Praying Woman,” writer Maya L. Ralston says, “One of the greatest things you can do for someone who is hurting is to simply listen.” That said, here are five things “not” to say if you are in a conversation with a loved one who is battling depression:

1. “YOU’RE FINE.”

Ralston writes that “the reality is, sometimes this just isn’t the case ant you just don’t know if it’s going to be okay as it pertains to someone’s battle with mental health.

2. “YOU’LL GET OVER IT.”

Maya remembers somebody once told her that all she needed to do was hold out a little bit longer, stay faith, and trust God in the process and she would eventually “get over” her depression. She says that happened years ago and she’s still waiting.

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3. “ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE ACTUALLY DEPRESSED?”

Ralston simply says, “Don’t ever question the way someone is feeling in life.” She continues, “Who am I to judge someone’s feelings, emotions and lack of hope they claim in life?”

4. “JUST THINK ABOUT THE POSITIVES.”

The writer says that if that were the case, “tens-of-millions of people could free themselves from the shackles that keep them from truly experiencing joy in life.”

5. “I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.”

Instead of trying to make the conversation about you Ralston recommends that you “stay focused on the person in front of you, their pain and their story.” (Source: ThePrayingWoman.com)

MORE AT: THEPRAYINGWOMAN.COM

 

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