The Not-so-Merry-Friends’ Guide to Mental Health

Comic 21 - "Hang in there"

"Hang in there"
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27th Sep 2015, 6:34 PM
People know you mean well, mostly, but sometimes things you say can just hit the wrong nerve. For example "hang in there" generally sends the message that you don't think they are already doing just that, which is very unlikely; if someone is very depressed they may feel that merely staying alive and brushing their teeth is "hanging in there." Not hanging in there means, to them, that they would already be dead.
A far more morbid version of this comic, that I made while wildly depressed, also brought up the fact that you can only hang in there for so long. It's only a temporary measure, and constantly being told that it's the solution(which is how it might be interpreted, even if you don't mean it that way) can make you feel like you aren't trying hard enough or doing something wrong.