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When someone’s depressed, stating obvious comments like these are usually counter productive.
I’ve heard all of these before. And then some. People who don’t experience depression don’t understand how you can’t just ‘Be happy’. They think changing your lifestyle will help. In many cases, yes, it will. But if it were that easy depression would not be so hard to get rid of and affecting millions of people.
For many, including me, it’s a challenge to just get out of bed in the morning, weighed down by constant negative emotions. It’s not that we want to be unhappy, our brains just don’t understand the concept of ‘WOW. The world is such an extraordinary place and it’s great to be alive.’
I’ve gotten into the habit when people make comments like these to me to just respond with “Holy shit, I never thought of that. Oh my god, you’ve saved me. It’s been that easy all this time and I never even thought about that. Thank you for your infinite wisdom. I’m cured. I’m fucking cured oh my god.”
I’ve found most people stop talking/look like they want to walk away halfway through.
Like no shit you think people with depression want to be depressed? If it was that easy no one would be depressed r u kiddin me. Stop treating mental illnesses/disorders like they’re trivial.
You wouldn’t tell someone with cancer to “just be healthy”. Don’t do the same to those with mental illnesses. It’s insulting.