Hearing that Robin Williams lost his fight to depression came as a reminder that depression is not some nancy pansy little problem that goes away if you try to be happy.
When (ignorant) people discuss depression and refer to it as an “attitude” and a “choice” I really get all sorts of riled up.
This perception that you can “choose to be a happy person”, that you can “choose to wake up happy” is really tiresome, ignorant and life threatening.
I overheard a discussion yesterday on the radio and the DJ’s were talking about depression and how their respective families view it.
The one DJ says that if she says she is depressed her family tell her to go for a run and get some fresh air.
There were other really “helpful” suggestions as well.
I agree that often some behaviour does assist you to feel a bit better when…
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