I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2002, and then cyclothalmia shortly afterwards, and I’ve continued to make way through, sometimes a day, hour or minute at a time. I’ve encountered most of these comments at one time or another, and while I would sometimes phrase things a little differently I broadly agree with the responses made and can think of many times when I wish I’d had the energy or wit to make them myself. All props to Thought Catalog for this blog post.
1. “Just go outside more!”
Right, because going outside is the easiest part of any depressed person’s day, and the only thing stopping them from going for a light frolic through the local park is the fact that no one has told them how awesome it was! The thing is, a huge part of depression is not being able to navigate the world in the way you used to, and there is a good chance that they are trying desperately just to make it out to get basic food supplies if they are at a low point of an episode. It’s not that they don’t know how good fresh air feels, it’s that they can’t force themselves to do it without having a minor breakdown.
2. “You need more exercise.”
Everyone needs more exercise, and it can certainly help a lot of people with temporary bouts of sadness, but someone…
View original post 623 more words