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10 things you should never say to a person who's on the brink of a meltdown.

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Fact: When you are feeling slightly stressed, nothing is less helpful than someone pointing out that you’re stressed, and then noting that you should try not to be stressed.

There are various ways people bring this to your attention. And it usually results in you feeling the exact opposite of what they are are intending. Here are 10 of the mind-numbingly condescending unhelpful things people say when you are noticeably a little… agitated.

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1. “Just chill out.”

Well I wasn’t feeling that “unchill”, actually. Until now.

2. "Just take a deep breath."

This one isn't bad advice, actually. But saying it to someone who's this close to losing it? Not OK.

3. "There are others who are worse off than you."

This is true. There are many people who are worse off than I am, and I feel for them, I really do.. But it's also generally dismissing whatever I'm stressed about.

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4. "Just calm down."

Let’s be real, telling anyone to calm down will invariably never result in them actually calming down. In fact it can often result in this...

5. "Are you on your period?"

This is probably the most offensive of the bunch.

6. "Let me tell you about MY day."

I do realise that you also have problems, and you are like a walking fu*king Pinterest board with "be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" written on your forehead. Can I just have a moment to get a little lost in my own problems?

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7. "Just relax."

Of course. Why didn't we think of that before? (Post continues after gallery.)

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8. "Are you taking your meds?"

I can't even with this question.

9. "Are you OK? What's wrong?"

Cue: a bucket of tears flowing out of your eyes.

10. It will get better.

This is like saying, 'Whatever is stressing you out right now won't be stressing you out in three months' time'.' Obviously. Which is so reassuring RIGHT NOW.

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