An important read for anyone who has “well-splained” about positive thinking and forcing a smile. These things do not work and can be dangerous, so please consider that the person with depression knows more about the subject than somebody who does not have depression.
This apology is for all the people with depression I’ve spoken with, written with, worked with and met, and all the lovely souls dedicated to helping us spread the word on depression and mental illness at the University of Colorado Depression Center:
I’m sorry. I didn’t get it. I owe you an apology. A huge one.
Please accept my sincere words.
I realized I “wellsplained” an entire group of people.
How did I “wellsplain”? I offered simple answers for a very complex group of symptoms.
For every time I said, “Get more sunshine! Laugh more. Smile! Get exercise. Exercise gives you endorphins! Endorphins help alleviate depression! Choose to be happy. Eat more whole foods” — I’m sorry.
Every time I hear myself saying those things I shudder now — I’m so sorry.
I didn’t get it. I disease-shamed you all, and you were nothing but nice back.
And yes, each of those…
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