so many reviews complain that it’s too depressing and you can’t like Christina Ricci’s character.
For an example taken from Rotten Tomatoes, Variety’s review by Todd McCarthy:
“The self-centered brat at the center of Prozac Nation spends most of her time making life miserable for everyone around her, but there’s little reason the public should have to pay for the same privilege.”
Or AV Club’s Scott Tobias:
There’s really no reservoir of sympathy deep enough to support a whiny, navel-gazing Harvard student who turns her depression into a show-stopping spectacle.
These are the general opinions about depression, that it’s all a spectacle for sympathy. It reflects a culture that doesn’t believe that depression and mental illness is a serious issue that can’t just be cured instantly. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you that I have been told so many times that my self-hatred is unwarranted, my anxiety is unnecessary and fluctuations in emotions are wrong.
okay personal rant, delete for reblogs or whatever;
I have been told that I am just whiny and self-centered because I am sad. It’s the feeling like you’re spreading the disease and everyone is trying to sanitize you and protect themselves from infection by belittling the larger issues at hand. It’s an expectation to be a tragic hero, doomed to only evoke pity from others because of a curse that of fate bestowed upon an otherwise normal person, but people are too afraid to admit that it’s something uncontrollable and that the person needs to overcome the obstacles and are failures if not. Surviving is difficult enough when Aristotle isn’t involved. It’s attacking the victim of a disease, whether you see that as medically or symbolically doesn’t matter, without addressing the disease itself. Why would someone feel this way when they shouldn’t because of x, y, and z? Well, if there were a simple answer to that, it wouldn’t be so fucking difficult to empathize with those who fate’s dealt a bad hand to or are in situations that feel inescapable. I mean, depression doesn’t excuse everything, mental illness isn’t a free-for-all type deal, but fuck, devaluing a person’s feelings, invalidating someone’s thoughts because they don’t fit the accepted status quo of happy for them, well, that doesn’t help. Don’t just let someone drown because they don’t know how to swim. Why can I only think in mixed cliché metaphors?
It’s called depression fuckwads, and it’s a REAL THING so stop being so judgmental. This is what it looks like and this is what happens to an estimated 1 in 10 Americans at least one point in their lives.
what i mean when i say “i can’t do that” - the depression edition
- i am unable to do that
- i don’t have the energy to do that
- i cannot wrap my head around what you’re asking me to do
- there is too much in my head right now
- i can not do that
what people hear:
- i am unwilling to do that
- i am being stubborn for no reason
- i am being dramatic
- i am lazy
- i need you to repeat that only louder
- i need a push
- i don’t want to do that
Bless this post
This applies to PTSD as well (and bipolar and chronic illness…. Yeah you get the point)
Before you get emotionally invested in me, just know that I’m fucking crazy and I’ll probably say some asshole-ish things and then cry when you get mad at me and I have emotional breakdowns all of the time.
Different message everytime you drag it
This is perfect.
This needs to be on everyone’s dash.
it changes every time
Stephen Fry, the closest thing there is to a deity in my life.
i wish more people would understand this.
I’m fucking tired of seeing jokes made about Bipolar disorder. “I hate having Bipolar disorder, its so awesome!” Seriously? That’s not what being Bipolar is. Just because you’re happy one second and sad the next doesn’t give you the right to say things like “omgeee! I’m so Bipolar!” You wouldn’t be saying that shit if you had it. I have Bipolar disorder and its a fucking nightmare. Being so depressed you’re on the verge of ending it when you bounce right up and get your hopes high. But then in a few weeks, or days, or months, you get slammed back down again. And also getting your hopes up, thinking you’re cured, when its really just hypomania. Do you even fucking know what mania is? Just please, PLEASE, at least TRY to learn a few facts about it before you tell the whole fucking world how “Bipolar” you are. It doesn’t mean you fucking change your mind a lot. It doesn’t mean you’re moody. It doesn’t mean you cry at happy things. Its a fucking chemical imbalance and people with it have a hard enough fucking time without trying to ignore shitheads like people who make shithead comments.
Young adults, ages 18-25, with no history of exposure to domestic violence, sexual abuse, or parental physical abuse, were asked to rate their childhood exposure to parental and peer verbal abuse when they were children, and then they were given a brain scan.
The results revealed that those individuals who reported experiencing verbal abuse from their peers during middle school years had underdeveloped connections between the left and right sides of their brain through the massive bundle of connecting fibers called the corpus callosum. Psychological tests given to all subjects in the study showed that this same group of individuals had higher levels of anxiety, depression, anger hostility, dissociation, and drug abuse than others in the study.
Verbal abuse from peers during the middle school years had the greatest impact, presumably because this is a sensitive period when these brain connections are developing and becoming insulated with myelin.
The environment that children are raised in molds not only their mind, but also their brain. This is something many long suspected, but now we have scientific instruments that show us how dramatically childhood experience alters the physical structure of the brain, and how sensitive we are as children to these environmental effects. Words—verbal harassment—from peers (and, as a previous study from these researchers showed, verbal abuse from a child’s parents) can cause far more than emotional harm.
AWESOME. THANKS MOM
Here’s a master post for information and resources on the topic of Bipolar Disorder
- Bipolar disorder - symptom list
- Help Guide A site containing articles to help understand, help numbers, “tool kits”, and self help.
- Mental Help A site that has basic information, resources, articles, and a list of books that might be helpful.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- FacingUs Clubhouse Wellness Tracker, Wellness Book, Crisis Planning, Etc.
- The balanced mind is a website that provides information for parents and family of children with bipolar disorder.
- The black dog institute has some great resources for depression and bipolar disorder.
- Here is a description of mania and hypomania from The black dog institute.
- Here is a webpage that explains hypomania and it’s symptoms.
- Bipolar racing thoughts
- Bipolar Support tumblr
- Bipolar disorder and study
- Bipolar Owl