“I don't want to be funny right now, I'm too depressed, or at least the author who's writing this can't be. Nothing new...”
“You know what? After years and years of depression, I realised that everyone was right...I did just need to cheer up a bit!”
Depression is a common emotion
that makes you feel as though you are falling in these... shallow, yet dangerous, holes in the ground, which eat you, at the first sniff of a low self-esteem. Yet later, if you don't commit suicide in your... pointless and meaningless life... Then you realize that there was nothing to be depressed about after all... Which reminds you that you've been wasting all that time that you'll never get back being depressed when you could've been saving a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to Geico.
The most common cause of depression is being too fat, too skinny, too ugly, or even having too many causes.
There's not really any real way to describe depression except, probably... a long slide downward into darkness until finally you hit the burning ground, hard, just sitting there, broken, while burning, and burning to death. It's very depressing, watching fire. All those people who die in fires each year, and maybe bugs who were accidentally thrown in the fire you're watching. Makes you want to jump in and suffer with them all... Perhaps you've had a family member die in a fire recently, or not. Maybe they got saved by convenient rain, but then again, the rain could remind you of your other relative who's drowned in a tiny rain puddle... What a horrible death that'd be, drowning, just being pushed down, down, into the deep, rocky ground of the ocean, pushing and gasping for breath but instead having a horrible welcoming in your lungs by water, like it's showing up for a party that the Grim Reaper's hosting. The Grim Reaper can also be depressing, for we all know we're going to die, some sad, lonely death.
How do you think you're going to die? I'd like to think I'll just get old and go gracefully, but that's not likely. No, it'll probably be something horrible, like an fishing accident or maybe I'll get chopped up into itty bitty pieces by the fan while I'm jumping on the bed. At these times it makes you wonder, what lies behind death? Personally, I don't believe in a God, I believe that nothing happens, and when you die, you just dream for the rest of your life and dream on into believing that you are in a different world until you "die" and dream some more. Maybe you already are dead. Maybe... Maybe....
Despite depression being, well, depressing, it actually, in some ways, makes you feel happy. Like the fact that no one likes you and despises you makes you feel special in some way. Depression sometimes turns up to suicide. Considering suicide also gives you that weird happy feeling where you feel that once your dead, everyone will cry and wish they never said,"I swear, I've seen something that looked just like you in my toilet,(Laughter follows)",
but then go on with their daily lives and forget about your... dead... rotting corpse... Never to think a single thought again, never to live or smile again...
The treatment for depression is to simply smile. Go ahead, smile right now. You just have to think positive, don't think negative. Think of some jokes, like your favorite: "Why did the chicken cross the road?". That's a weird joke, don't you think? I wonder what it could mean...
Hmm... the chicken could symbolize a someone who's scared of life... crossing the road could mean committing suicide... and the other side is, well, whatever happens after death. So, anyways, why did the Chicken cross the road? Wait, what're you doing with your hand...?
How you can help people with depression
- Constantly remind them how well-adjusted and successful you are. This gives them a high standard to which they can compare themselves, and strive to achieve.
- Tell them to "just snap out of it". Be sure to sound impatient and frustrated so it's clear that you have more important things to do than help pathetic, self-absorbed wretches.
- Ask them, "What do YOU have to be depressed about?" Follow with derisive laughter.
- Tell them that if they would only accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, they wouldn't feel so sad. If they reply that they already know the Savior, insist that they don't have enough faith.
- Electroshock therapy is surprisingly easy for the average person to administer. An inexpensive, portable ECT machine can be constructed from a car battery and jumper cables, or alternatively with a cattle prod. Treatment is most effective when the "patient" isn't expecting it.
- Tell them its a mind of "mind over matter" and that all they need to do is change their attitude to positive thinking.
- Tell them Hope and Change are coming. Or that things will be Great Again.
- Put a mirror in front of their face, which will result in an instant death.
- Set multiple daily goals for them to achieve, because goal achievement is always easy for someone with moderate to severe depression, and not meeting all of those goals is therapeutic.
- Encourage them to purchase arts and crafts supplies, while convincing them to get rid of their excess clutter because clutter is depressing.
Some things to try to be less depressed
- Take a long walk. Bonus if there is a short dock in the area. If not, just walk until you tire yourself out. Then you can do what you really wanted to do - stay in bed the rest of the day.
- Take a bubble bath. The warm water will relax you, and you might slip under - if you stay under long enough, you will be less depressed.
- Color a pretty picture. Release your inner kindergartener and use lots of bright colors - like red for blood, blue for tears, green for boogers...
- Smoking. Because there is nothing more comforting than slow Suicide. Bonus - your clothes will smell and nobody will want to be around you.
- Enjoy a nice day at the spa. Oh wait, you don't have the money for that. Could be why you're depressed?
- Meditate over a nice hot cup of tea. Ommmmmm.......though this may have a side effect of desiring something else instead.
- Practice affirmations. Look yourself in the mirror and say "I am a worthwhile person." Smile. Feel stupid. Repeat.
- Talk to people. Because nothing cheers you up like bringing other people down or bragging about your insignificant achievements.
- Have a snack. You're already overweight, what's a few more extra pounds?
- Write an article. You'll have a great sense of accomplishment...until it gets deleted.
When all the above fails there is only one thing left: Medication. Studies have shown antidepressants work almost as well as placebos, so go for it! (Placebos are the best, but unfortunately they aren't legal for clinical use.)
Music can Help
When Robert Burton wrote his classic work in the 17 century, The Anatomy of Melancholy, it was claimed that it healed mental conditions like melancholia, brain freeze, stupidity, imagination, and Head On. Later it was claimed that instead of the music healing them, maybe the musicians were sneaking medication to the viewers.
In November 2006, Dr. Michael J. Crawford and his colleagues went out to prove once and for all that music could help heal the symptoms above, so in the gratifying and hard-working months that followed, they managed to create a beautiful masterpiece that would heal all and many.
They were caught sneaking medicine.
Depression in Popular Culture
- Holes, by Louis Sachar
- Hole, featuring Courtney Love
- Sylvia Plath
- Radiohead, Depression in its pure concentrated form
- Any band featuring Steven O' Malley whatsoever
- British soap operas
- Daytime T.V.
- Charles Dickens
Depressed now? Don't be! Read these to cheer you up (Guaranteed)!
- Apply directly to the forehead!