My psychology teacher showed us this picture in class and spent a good 10 minutes talking about how depression is a disorder, a mental disease, not a choice, etc. I respect him so much for that.
This. One thousand times this.
I hate how people are always like “just be happy” or “just stop being sad”. Do you think I chose to be like this? No. It’s something way out of my control.
To quote myself - telling someone with depression to just cheer up is like telling a blind person to just look harder.
WOW, so my brain looks like the first one! I have Recurrent Depressive Disorder. It’s almost like being bipolar coz I’ll go through phases I feel well and happy… and then at the smallest thing my mood will dip so far I want to die! Depression is a horrible thing and completely not controllable by ‘just being positive’!