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Esther Heerema, MSW

How to Not Stick Your Foot in Your Mouth

By February 24, 2013

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Most of us have had that uncomfortable feeling of, "Ooh, maybe I shouldn't have said that" in response to a diagnosis or health challenge of a family member or friend. Or, perhaps, we should've had that uneasy concern but we were blissfully unaware of our misstep.

Several of us who write for the Health Channel at About.com have heard multiple stories of reactions that are good, bad or terrible to readers' life circumstances, and that's resulted in the compilation of "What Not to Say" articles about various topics to help each other avoid the Bad Comment Syndrome.

Here are mine about Alzheimer's disease and Dementia:

What Not to Do to People with Alzheimer's Disease- 10 Pet Peeves

What Not to Say to Someone with Younger-Onset Dementia

5 Things Not to Say When Someone Tells You She Has Alzheimer's Disease

And, thanks to Christine Luff, our About.com Guide to Running/Jogging, we can all avoid other potentially hurtful comments by reading the other articles which are compiled and linked to in this article:

What Not to Say About Health Issues

What comments would you add to the "What Not to Say" list?

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