If you’re a person prone to depression or depressive episodes, naturally there’s no one instance wherein you solve everything and you’ll never be depressed again. But, if you’ve ever come out on the other side of it, which I hope you have, you know what it feels like to be a soldier of your own defense, with steely resolve and unfettered confidence. If I’m not making any sense, maybe my favorite post from Hyperbole And A Half, Adventures In Depression, can help.
This post has been up for awhile, but I always seem to come back to it. While depression isn’t fun or funny, there is always humor to be found in what I refer to as: F*ck-it Mode. It’s when your life just takes so many tiny turns for the worse that you finally just say, “Alright, you want a fiasco? Let’s do this.” Now that’s not to say that a booze bender is the answer, that’s a deeper issue and definitely not funny, but if your vice is horror movies and Skittles, this comic might just have you pegged.
Down to the depression-clothes, she nailed this piece for me. The hoodie, the backpack, even the bike. I go into boy-scout survival mode when I’m depressed and nothing is more empowering than not giving a crap about anything. When life just stacks up and your neurons won’t let your brain do anything but wallow, eventually you just roll over to the other side of the fence and let the lack of emotionality calm you. Then, you’re invincible.
And while this doesn’t work forever, it did help me make some great art in college. Like I said, crippling depression isn’t a laughing matter, but it’s always good to know there are ways to make the best of a crap situation. Do read the full article on Hyperbole and a Half. It’s truly hilarious and inspiring.
(Editor’s note: If you are feeling depressed or suicidal, please call 1-800-273-TALK or talk to your doctor or other health professional.)
Have you ever gone into f*ck-it mode as a result of a depressive episode? How do you combat depressive feelings?