Explaining the unexplainable. Depression

Included in the panel at the right side of my blog, there is a list of my favourite blogs. Under humour you will find the link to Hyperbole and a Half. It’s the blog of Allie Brosh, a funny and very talented writer. She always made me laugh, with both her life insights and her amateur (but somehow very realistic) drawings.

Allie stopped blogging in 2011, much to the amazement and consternation of her many fans. Her last blog was about depression, and it was funny. I thought she was making fun of a bad day. I was so wrong.

I would check often for new posts but none ever showed up during the last almost two years…until yesterday, when, on impulse, I clicked on the link at the side of my blog. And there it was. A new post from Allie. And oh what a post it was.

Chris C. Anderson from Business Insider welcomes Allie back and says it best when he tells her “…the internet has missed you.”  Read it here. “http://www.businessinsider.com/allie-brosh-hyperbole-and-a-half-returns-2013-5

Please take the time to read Allie’s latest blog. She explains depression in a way I’ve never heard of or read about. It makes those pithy little sayings about “how you feel is your decision” total pig excrement. Mental disorders are not life choices. You cannot wake up one  morning and make the decision to be cheerful. From the sounds of it, it’s hard to make any decisions at all. But don’t listen to me…read it from someone who knows.  http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/

Strange how a total stranger can make me feel so sad. So helpless. So guilty because I’m so freaking lucky not to suffer from something so misunderstood. I thank Allie for all these feelings. She has cracked a very dark, very tightly shut door open and let a sliver of light cut through my stupidity and make me look around. Who else, I wonder, suffers silently?

I wish Ms. Brosh the best. Don’t know what else I can do for her. Wish I did.

 

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6 Responses to Explaining the unexplainable. Depression

  1. Barb Taub says:

    Okay, seriously. Thank. You. I read every word of both posts, looked through some past posts, and practically scrambled my fingers hitting the “follow”. What a beautiful, sad, funny, and amazing blog! And thank you so much for pointing me there.

    Wow.

    • ajcap says:

      Just as seriously, you’re welcome. “Wow” pretty much sums it up. There are some amazing people out there, dealing with some downright frightening problems. Allie deserves a lot of credit for going public and helping her fans to understand what’s happening to her. I know I appreciate it.

  2. Val says:

    Read both posts….interesting, in a very familiar sort of way, and well said by Allie….

  3. S. J. Crown says:

    Thanks for posting this Amanda. Much misunderstanding about depression remains, and it’s so sad when those that don’t understand wax judgmental.

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