Glamorized Depression


Please do not read if you do not feel comfortable.

Depression; a word that gets loosely thrown around.
'I'm so depressed, the screen of my phone cracked' or 'my hair cut looks so bad, I'm depressed'.
Most of the time used by melodramatic teenagers who are slightly upset about a particular incident.

Depression is a very complex mind state that affects many. At one stage in each of our lives there is a high change we may experience depression or know some who is a sufferer. If you haven’t witnessed it yourself, it is a very hard concept to understand.

Now, ‘glamorized depression’- 'What do you mean Anna?'.
Looking through a number of social networking platforms, it has become evident that the idea of being depressed could be classed as something to strive for or even ‘cool’. Something it really shouldn't be. It's the idea that people are making it something everyone wants to be, 'complicated', 'anxious' and 'difficult to understand'. It could be even seen as a good thing. Where as in reality, the thoughts an emotions of one who is depressed will be more than that - something they wish to escape.

Don't get me wrong, when I have been  in a bad state of upset, I would be able to relate to some of the captions of posts. However, I feel the idea of someone constantly posting these types of images will not help the situation.

These are horrid images. 

After being told to, 'stop being so happy' a couple of days back - it made me realize that the norm now is to be unhappy. To strive for things, only for oneself not for others. The idea that being a complex girl could even be attractive. 

I feel social networking is riddled with negativity and this needs to change for the better.
I believe more images such as the ones below need to be spread over social networking sites:

It's not easy to always like images like this - but there is no harm in trying.

If you ever feel down, alone or even depressed; always know that there are people who do understand, people who do care and people who will listen. Depression doesn't need to be scary - together we can make it something more individuals can get help with. 

The best thing you can do is talk about it.
Lets tackle depression - together.

The Samaritans:  08457 90 90 90
ChildLine:            0870 336 2950
Trevor Project:     866-488-7386

For some more info:

I am always just a message away if anyone needs a chat.

Screw them - stay you
cus you are rad

Inspired by: Will Dardyshire.

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