Thank you for making this comic, it means people, like me who suffer from depression have a way of explaining the situation.
The change in the state of his “hand” is the worsening of his depression. He is trying to force a smile even though the pain is almost unbearable.
Brilliant. Been there.
Physical injury=\=mental state
Thank you so much for posting this. This is exactly how I feel, and it is so hard to put into words. Thank you.
i really feel this comic. living through depression with friends or family who dont get it can be very difficult
this is so true,
I find it amazing though that some people still don’t understand – even after seeing this. I’ve seen posted the words “Uhhh, I don’t get it”
This is brilliant. Thank you.
This is great! And so true. You’re expected to not show any pain no matter how terrible you feel inside just because “it’s in your head”.
ohh boo hoo! No one is depressed except me!
Grow the fuck up. Everyone is depressed all the time.
“oh boo hoo! No one is depressed but me! Grow the fuck up. Everyone is depressed all the time.” I think you are the one who should grow the fuck up, you ignorant fucking twat. How is that comment supposed to motivate depressed people to cheer up? So you’re saying you depressed people should stop having a mental disorder because there,are other people with mental disorders? I bet you tell people with cancer to just “grow the fuck up.” I think you should just fucking die, because the world would be so much better without people like you. Fuck yourself.
Hi!! Thanks so much for this.. I translated it to spanish for my friends (link = website). Maybe someone here has use for it, too.
Thank you for this. For most of my life i had gone without the medication that i needed and the psychiatric help that i needed even more because the people around me always treated my feeling like an over dramatic play for attention. After graduating i sought help and was told that i was bi-polar. I was given anti-depressants to help even me out and am now going a lot better. Thank you for promoting greater awareness.
Excellent comic. I’ve often said that I’d rather be missing a leg than have Asperger’s and its associated problems, including depression. It might be difficult to deal with, but at least people would be more understanding and supportive. No one would said “What’s the matter with you? Can’t you just walk normally?” Your comic echoes my sentiments perfectly.
To play Devil’s Adv for a moment, you’ll note that dude comes off as rather a bit of a dumbass for shoving his busted hand in everyone’s face as if he expects them to do something about it. The solution to both problems is obvious: see a friggin doctor!
Moonman: Actually, this guy can even point to his smashed hand or depression — he actually SEES friends, which implies still getting out of bed & still having a social life. If someone’s really really depressed, they probably don’t realize it, they probably stop socializing, and they probably don’t even get out of bed. They don’t have the motivation to pick up the phone, much less make an appointment with a doctor of any type. It’s really hard, with such low motivation to do ANYTHING AT ALL, to look at yourself and say “Wow, I’m really depressed. That’s why I don’t feel like getting out of bed. That’s why I let the phone go to voicemail. That’s why I just watch TV all day. That’s why I just go to work, go through the motions, come home, veg, and fall asleep with the TV on. Maybe I should see a doctor.”
People who are depressed need intervention from friends, family, coworkers, professionals, etc. and our culture makes that dicey, as well as trivializing the problem as illustrated above. Not one person said, “Wow, you seem to have a real problem. Would you like me to go to a doctor with you?” If you’re on the inside of a mind with a mental disorder, it’s hard to tell there’s a problem. After all, identifying a problem requires a comparison to some elusive mental “norm” that’s not clearly defined, and an objective perspective that’s nearly impossible from inside the disorder.
I use a wheelchair and also manage depression and anxiety. I often find my psychiatric disability MUCH more of a barrier in my life than my physical disability. I think this comic is 100% right on in showing that visible disabilities are recognized while invisible disabilities (which are very real) are so often not recognized.
@Cherity, yes. as somebody who has invisible disabilities (depression and anxiety and/or being overwhelmed by stimuli easily) i feel like i’m being creepy when i try to even say that i have a disability. and really hate how much i find myself envying people with visible disabilities when trying to get help/accommodations. and all of the internalized ableism behind those feelings.
As a bipolar individual with a host of other things, I find putting my hand out there and being proactive to be helpful in that it allows others to know they aren’t alone. It has helped many in my classes and in my life come to terms with their issues and brought into discussion how others around them perceive them or perceive those with these problems. I posted this comic to my Facebook because people don’t realize that it may be invisible, but depression is viscerally painful. Thank you for this comic, it opens a space for dialogue for those of us are finding words to express it.
This is the best metaphor EVER and I’m going to show this comic to everyone I have ever met in my life. Thank you.
Cram it, Drake.
I don’t have friends that refuse to understand my depression.
People like that aren’t even friends. They’re liabilities.
So, I’ve got to disagree for the well being of all those suffering from depression in this post. Depression is a very different thing from physical pain, and the answer really is to get your mind off of it. I suffered from depression for yeeears, the kind that makes you homeless and gets you locked up for felonies, but getting your mind off of it really is the answer. I certainly agree that people who don’t know what it feels like generally lack the tact to get the point across safely, but one of the issues of depression is the instinctual response to all help that goes “You just don’t understand.” They don’t. That’s cool, though, be happy for them. Even though you’re depressed, go out with them. Try your damnedest to have a good time. You won’t every single time, but the more you try and the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. The trick is realizing that your needs, wants, emotions, and thoughts are all separate concepts. You really can circumvent your emotions by believing, despite them, that all is well. Look for the good things in life, write down a positive experience every day, if you have to, eventually you’ll start seeing the positive in everything, the beauty in the every day, the novelty of human interaction. The misconception that only motivation begets action is keeping people down, you can create motivation through action, and that’s when you find the most beautiful things about being human, about being YOU.
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