A Sign? I Think Not.

 

“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’.

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