Have you ever been depressed? Did you have people telling you just to get over it? Or to just “think positively” and “believe in yourself”, expecting it to go away like magic? How did you respond?
This is a comment by Jonathan G on the post “Confidence is Chemical“.
Jonathan G said:
Thank you so much for putting this poignant article and your feelings out there for the world to see, and maybe to understand depression a little bit better. I, too, have heard the line, “You just need to be more confident!” far too many times. In my mind, I’ve always compared admonishing a person with depression with that line to telling a paraplegic person, “I don’t see what the problem is, you just need to stand up and walk!” There are so many things that people do so naturally and apparently effortlessly that they just can’t grok how much of a challenge it can be a challenge for others.
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