A year on from the very high profile death of Robin Williams do folks get that depression isn’t the same as sadness yet?
Do they get that it doesn’t happen solely because you broke up with the boyfriend and feel like an evening crying over rom coms and eating ice-cream?
Do they get that it is a period of such numbness, self loathing, sheer bollock madness and hatred that if people could read your mind they would have you sectioned?
Do they get that for the depressed it’s almost a tangible pain that you can feel and yet you can’t grab it and put it in the bin?
Do they get that it’s not selfish… It’s depression?
Do they get that it can affect you whether you are on TV, have lots of money, lots of friends, are beautiful with a nice home or you are broke, ugly and homeless?
Do they get that telling jokes to a depressed person won’t get rid of it?
Do they get that reminding a depressive that people are starving in India is dumb and slightly pompous?
Do they get it that when they say ‘Just leave me alone for a bit,’ depressed folks tend to mean it?
Do they get it that not everybody who has depression behaves exactly the same as everyone else?
Do they get that saying ‘I don’t understand why he / she did ‘it’. They looked fine yesterday,’ is meaningless. It’s not about how you look. Most depressives are fine actors.
Do they get that just because in the 1950’s folks just ‘rolled up their sleeves and got on with it’ doesn’t mean depression did not exist and people did not suffer undiagnosed and in silence?
Do those same folks get that whilst it’s their prerogative, it’s quite ignorant to comment on something they do not understand and have never experienced? And that they might equally consider commenting sagely about what it is like to live on Jupiter?
Do doctors get that when you are being treated for depression, sometimes you are going to miss sessions because…and I’ll say this slowly, well, um…YOU…HAVE…DEPRESSION?
Do doctors get it yet that we can have physical and mental issues simultaneously and therefore BOTH may require consideration and treatment… simultaneously?
Do people get that it can be triggered by something serious, something irrelevant or seemingly absolutely nothing at all?
Do they get that the brain / mind is just another organ and that even if you can’t see it it can still malfunction just like an arm, or tonsils and need treatment? In fact why do we accept that a hidden organ like the heart can malfunction but people still get antsy and weird if the brain does?
Do partners, relatives and friends with a depressive in their midst get that it’s not about them, it’s not against them, it’s not to spite them and they should stop adding their own attention seeking drama to the already heavy mix yet?
Do governments intend to keep sending mental illness patients to the back of the queue, shoving pills down their throats as a cure-all remedy and pretending by and large that they don’t exist?
Lastly, are people still thinking that mental illness only happens to other people when mental illness can develop at any time to anyone via genetics, a trigger experience or environment?
One year on, what has been YOUR experience? Anything changed?