Monday, May 03, 2010

DEPRESSION: A meme I could live without

This has been going around Facebook the last week or so:
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“DEPRESSION is not a sign of weakness it is a sign that you have been trying to be strong for too long.  Put this as your status if you know someone who has or has had depression.  Will you do it and leave it on your status for at least an hour?  Most people won’t, but it’s mental health week and 1 in 3 of us will suffer at some point in our lives.  Show your support good people :-) I copy and pasted, will you?”
First and most important, it’s poorly punctuated and ungrammatical.
Ha ha ha ha.
No, first and most important, it’s WRONG.
#1, Depression – of any kind – is not a “sign” of anything.  Let’s just leave it at that.
#2, Emotional blackmail, trying to lever "good people" into changing their status?  Not pretty...
#3, Here’s what I posted as my status in response…
“nice thought, but "trying to be strong for too long" never caused mental illness; it is far more complicated than that. Depression is a DISEASE. I support friends and loved ones with mental illness, but we really have no idea who will be affected and who won't - or why.”
So there it is.  Educate yourselves, people, and quit posting those annoying “double-dare-ya” status updates where you say stuff like “97% of people won’t change your status, do you care enough?”
97% of people on the Internet are morons.
Oh.
Well, in case you’re reading this on the Internet, welcome to the elite 3%!