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If you saw that post with “Things you can say to people with mental illnesses” going around, do me a favor and don’t say any of those kind of things to me, especially the bipolar one. There’s a charming ton of misinformation in that post.
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN SAY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE A MOOD DISORDER, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY:
- I really don’t know what to say, but I can listen if you want me to
- If you ever need a safe place then I will be here
- I can see this is horrible for you, I can’t possibly comprehend what you’re experiencing, but this doesn’t change who you are, and who you are is why we are friends
- Alternatively, if someone’s upset, or crying, offering them a place to cry - not a hug, or telling them to stop crying or anything like that. Just offering them a safe place to cry until they want to talk or start to feel better can be a wonderful thing
Don’t try and tell someone what they are feeling, or what you think they are feeling. Sometimes just being quiet and sitting with someone is much more powerful.