08/21/2013 02:04 EDT | Updated 08/21/2013 02:28 EDT

Best And Worst Things To Say To Someone With Depression


Kristen Stewart, Everyday Health

Life is full of ups and downs, and it’s only natural to go through rough periods when you need some cheering up.

But depression is more than feeling a little blue, and people struggling with depression need the right kind of loving support. That’s why it helps to know what to say — and what not to say — to a loved one who has depression. In fact, a study published in Social

Psychology Quarterly found that the attitudes of family members have the biggest impact on depressed people, either helping or hampering their recovery. “Depression is a medical illness,” says Eva Ritvo, MD, vice chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. “Harsh or judgmental comments will only make things worse.”

Do you know the best and worst things to say to someone who's depressed? Quiz yourself and find out.

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