Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Not for cry babies

Last night I was watching this locally produced TV series, and a certain celebrity mentioned (probably for the first time on live TV), that he had depression. He acknowledged it quite solemnly, and I was quite surprised because this guy was a comedian, one that I found pretty funny too. It was hard for me to imagine he could ever be depressed.

When asked how long he had this depression, he said "a long time...", and again, his quiet way of acknowledging this on public TV struck me.

Then, he said, "Not the boo-hoo kind of depression....", his head nodded slightly, face entirely calm and collected.

"The I-want-to-kill-you kind of depression...." he said.

I know exactly what he means....

9 comments:

James said...

It always is powerful when a celebrity talks about their battle with mental illness. They become an advocate and symbol that anyone can and does live with mental illness.

Yuki said...

It's good when celebrities can come out and talk about it. I think it makes it easier for the rest of us dealing with mental illness. I think times have really changed and it's a bit more understood by society that depression is a health illness, not an emotion. It's legitimate and it happens and there's nothing to be ashamed of!!

Hey, Polar, that's so great that you did your BA Honours in Psychology! Wow! That's my dream...I can only imagine what it'd be like at this point. York U is a good school!! (You were so close to me!!!!)
You have achieved a lot! Yes, paychecks are good and a strong incentive to keep going!:)

disso_k said...

I'm not entirely certain if I know exactly what he means by what he said, but I do understand the anger that comes with depression. Sometimes I think it is the only emotion that I have left in me. :S

I agree that it is good that these celebrities are coming out with their struggles with depression. I guess their disclosures are at least "normalising" the illness in the wider community.

borderline savvy said...

I have a friend who was a school guidance councelor who told me recently, "Depression is anger turned in," which I told her I didn't buy. It's a chemical illness. But anger is a part of it. I don't have the I-want-to-kill-you sort of depression, but the I-want-to-kill-me sort of depression. People don't realize depression takes many forms. Bravo for the comedian.

Anonymous said...

Depression is horrible, nothings feels more hopless. I wish more people would come out about it and other mental disorders so we wouldnt have to hide away.

Take care Polar,
I hope your doing well,
Billy

Joel said...

When we guys get depressed, we get macho and aggressive. In our violent society, these symptoms often get overlooked which is why, until recently, the psychiatric profession was at a loss to explain the male suicide rate.

Perhaps now we'll get better treatment before we pull out the gun?

butterflies said...

Depression IS suppressed anger.Sometimes not recognised as such but if we dont suppress our feelings of rage and anger,we become depressed.It is chemical imbalance for some ppl too,tho usually for those with some other illness as well.
There should be no more shame connected with depression than with having a broken arm.

Maggs said...

It does help when who we perceive as "normal" helps us to see that maybe we're not so abnormal after all...

The Mass Defective said...

Oh how I can relate to the I-want-to-kill-you. That's not part of my depression tho, that's the BPD rearing its ugly head when I get that way.
Hugs,
Sid