“Depression is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign that you’ve been trying to be too strong for too long.”
I can’t STAND this saying!
What a ludicrous over simplification of a very complicated problem!
There are endless reasons why people have depression and rarely is it just that someone is trying to be ‘strong’. Certainly this might be a part of the experience of having depression, but it is not the cause.
For some it’s circumstantial, for some it’s biological, for some it’s a whole bunch of things that come together to create depression. The point is that you can’t nail it down in a nice little fluffy saying.
I’m not going to go on and on about this, I just wanted to make the point that these overly simplified, airy fairy sayings drive me insane. I hate that my Facebook feed is often flooded with empty platitudes like this that are utterly meaningless.
Check out http://capril.org for support/information on depression and other mental illness’.