Talk about stigma

A while ago, posted on J.K. Rowling who spoke of her battle with suicidal thoughts. Etta at Depression Marathon made a post on some comments left on a digg link about the news.

Here are a select few of the 150 current comments on Warning: if you have a weak stomach or a low frustration tolerance, you may want to discontinue reading now.

   1. umm, big deal. who hasn’t thought about suicide before? oops…. thats right. my fault. because she’s famous this is somehow more important.
   6. she should have gone through with it
   7. WHY IS THIS ON THE FRONT PAGE!!!!!The woman is one of the richest people on the planet. So how is this supposed to make any difference in ANYONE’S life or situation. WHO CARES!!!!!Kevin please fix the algorithm to keep crap like this away from those of us who actually give a shit about what gets here. This makes Digg BORING and less interesting and intellectually useful than it used to be.

  10. depression isn’t a disease. It’s a state of mind & nothing more than a word. snap out of it!

There’s not much left to say…there were a few defenders among the haters, but the vast majority are reflected within the 10 statements I’ve included above. Wow…

Explains why mental health news is so unpopular.

4 thoughts on “Talk about stigma

  1. Too bad we can’t get an idiot filter for this stuff, eh? Unfortunately, these people have access to computers the same as we do. I’m amazed sometimes at the hate speech that goes on.

  2. Marissa,
    Some of the people I’ve met in my life who suffer from these symptoms – of depression – have more depth and empathy for others – and, also a depth to their character and personality.
    It’s awfully hard to see suffering, and as much as any of us would like to make it all go away, there does seem to be a purpose behind it – insofar as it creates this kind of empathy for others.
    I can’t quite understand how anyone would judge another person who is undergoing suffering like depression – this is very hard for me to understand.
    I think if more people knew of the great challenges that come with depression, they would have more compassion and understanding for those who undergo these symptoms.
    Also, our medical model has failed us – hopefully, as more people find out about alternative methods for recovery, some of this depression will be better treated, and perhaps some of our youth won’t have to go through what their moms and dads underwent.
    In the meantime, I think caring for each other – reaching out, and sharing – these are the things that work – certainly not judging or condemning. None of us have earned that right.
    Lastly, I’m constantly amazed at what people do with their lives in spite of such challenges. In the case of this author, I have great memories of reading her first four books with my oldest son (years ago)…..
    I read him the books outloud in bed before he went to sleep. It was a special time of bonding with my son.
    And when I think of young people who suddenly became excited about reading due to her books – I’m grateful for what she did with her work – in spite of her ‘depression’.

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