After the untimely death of a true legend of comedy this week in Robin Williams, there has been a lot of discussion about suicide and depression. And some of the comments I’ve seen lately really lit a fire in me in regards to suicide. One person said “I don’t respect anyone that comments suicide. It doesn’t get that bad”. And even news commentators said that he thought Robin Williams was selfish and “a coward”.
“Cue The Rant!”
This blatant disregard of the true issue shows the crux of the real problem and that is that people don’t understand depression. And before you speak up on something make sure you have a good understanding of what it is you are talking about.
Depression is a disease. Most of us never experience depression and the ones that do only experience it for a short time. To be clinically and severely depressed is a whole other ball game. The insensitivity you express by saying you have no sympathy for someone taking their own life is egregious. It also shows that you don’t fully understand the gravity of depression. Everyone isn’t the same. Different people have different mental make-ups. There are imbalances that people have to deal with that you might not understand. Depression isn’t just a simple feeling of sadness. And people who can’t get over depression aren’t weak. Depression is an all encompassing mental disorder contributed to chemical imbalances that induce severe dejection and sadness upon it’s subjects. This is something that is hard to explain for someone who hasn’t been through it
You don’t tell a recovering alcoholic that relapses “it doesn’t get that bad”. You have no idea what they are going through and until you accept the fact that these are mental disorders and chemical imbalances and not “choices from weak minded people to escape their problems” you’ll never understand.
I know first hand how depression can affect people’s mental state and mindset. Be mindful of what you say because you never know how issues like this have affected people around you.
That’s it for this week. It’s Friday, don’t forget cue to the Sir Charles.