The Worst Things To Say To Someone Who Is Depressed: 31-40

This list is divided to have 10 of "The Worst Things To Say To Someone Who Is Depressed" published each week. To see the entire list: go here. The ones that apply to me are bolded.

31. "You need to get out more."

32. "We have to get together some time."

33. "Get a grip!"

34. "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

35. "Take a hot bath. That’s what I always do when I’m upset."

36. "Well, everyone gets depressed sometimes!"

37. "Get a job!"

38. "Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and you cry alone." (I’ve never heard that one, but that’s harsh.)

39. "You don’t *look* depressed!"

40. "You’re so selfish!"


  1. February 9, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    My mother is fond of #37.

  2. Rick said,

    February 9, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    This is another great list in your continuing series. I would like to address #34, because I think that people often take that Abraham Lincoln quote out of context. He was referring to people who complain and whine just for the sake of complaining and whining. The way it gets misused–like you’ve indicated here–is that they have a choice to be happy, sad, etc…And we all know that is simply not the case.

  3. March 16, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Didn’t know about #34. Thanks for explaining that.

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