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Depression Q & A: Are Your Problems Meaningless?

We are continuing with our weekly segment answering your questions about depression, anxiety, phobia and general life-problem. For this edition, we are responding to questions about life problems from the website Quora , Youtube and Email. In the future, we hope to answer your questions, so please contact us via email ( or any of our social media accounts. All questions will be answered without using your name for reasons of anonymity.


As a mental health professional, do you ever want to say “Your problems are very minor compared to most people’s problems!”?

No, I would never want to say such a thing and my reasoning for this is two-fold. First and foremost, problems are about perspective. There is nothing to say that the problem that a well-off person has does not have the same affect on their mental well-being as that of a less well-off person. Take a middle class child for example, they may come to their parents with issues regarding bullying at school, relationships, friendships or school work. If the parent in this case would say something along the lines of “well, think about the poor children in ….. who have no water to drink!” it would be as if your dismissing your child’s problems, basically saying that it doesn’t have any importance to you. Which brings me to my second point, there is absolutely nothing gained by saying something like this. Who does it really help? We should encourage people to listen to each other’s problems and to try to relate to each other. For a more in depth answer please see my video.

Philip Andersson

Life Coach

Cross Culture Therapy


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Philip Andersson – Counsellor

Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from depression, phobias and anxiety. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.

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