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They say, you hear

When we're low, we sometimes misinterpret what others are saying, assuming a more negative meaning. Watch this video demonstration.

Watch this video featuring Jack and Pete (both played by actors) speaking to each other.

What do you think got in the way of Jack and his father being able to communicate well?

How to prevent mis-communication

To try and avoid some of this confusion and misunderstanding, give others time to express themselves, and try to pause and think about what they’ve said, and what they might mean before letting your thoughts run away with you.

Once you’ve paused and listened, if you’re still confused or if it feels like they’ve said something challenging, calmly ask for more information. Remind yourself that the person talking to you (or the person listening), may be feeling low or agitated right now. Low mood and depression has a sneaky way of twisting what we hear and making us interpret things much more negatively. Is one of you misinterpreting what has just been said?

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Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression

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