Trauma Dumping: When Friends Overshare

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On ‘What’s Trending,’ hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest MHTN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Bober discuss the difference between venting to a friend and “trauma dumping.”

Ask Before Sharing

Always respect others’ emotional space. Before sharing something heavy, ask if your friend has the capacity to listen.

Listen and Express Concern

Be present and offer empathy if your friend is struggling. If you’re worried about them, suggest they seek professional support.

Set Healthy Boundaries

It’s okay to say “no” or redirect a friend who’s constantly oversharing. You’re not a therapist, and it’s vital to protect your own emotional well-being.

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