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Stephen Fry & others on depression

« Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem. »

― David D. Burns

Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced… It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different. »

“It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling— that really hollowed-out feeling.”

― J.K. Rowling
robin williams - depression - suicide
RIP Robin Williams

Depression is an Offline Event

By Chris Brogan

Depression is tricky. People seeking to connect and get solace online, it’s not really going to help. You can’t count on your Twitter or Facebook following to pull you out of a depression. You can’t feel floored when your online friends don’t hear you loud and clear. Remember that everyone is living out their own biography, and they might not be as aware of what’s been going on with you.

Seek help offline. Visit a priest or a rabbi or whatever religious person makes sense. Visit a shrink. Talk to your doctor. Often times, depression is a medical problem that is exacerbated by experiences happening in your environment.

You’re not alone, but the online world makes it really hard to see your pain. Things move too fast, are too shiny, and we are all hurrying around. The online world can make you feel more alone when you’re feeling sad.

Get help early. Don’t feel like you are a failure because you need some help. The strongest people in the world get help often, in many forms. You are worth it. Please, seek help offline and then come back and chat with us, too.

If you know someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.

Stephen Fry
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Hello Darkness…

The song « Darkness » by Stewart Copeland can be understood as the struggle of being famous and always visible and moving. But one can relate to it on another level: depression and even suicide.
It’s the last track on Ghost In The Machine, the fourth studio album by the Police, released in 1981.

The Police – Darkness
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

Hello Darkness, my old Friend

Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

In the counterculture movements of the 1960s, the phrase “sound of silence” can be compared to other more commonly used turns of phrase such as “turning a deaf ear” often associated with the detachment experienced with impersonal large governments.

Wikipedia
Disturbed – Sound of Silence (cover)