depression and the dangers of positive thought

A friend of a friend pretty much outlined just how I view all of the “positive thought” posts and “aids” to “fix” your depression. Except, she’s much more articulate and word savvy than I am. (Plus, she doesn’t use foul language like I do.)

katelyn, shelved

(Trigger warnings for extensive talk about depression and all the side effects that come with it.)

Everyone knows that when someone asks how you’re doing, the correct response is: “I’m fine, and you?”

It doesn’t make sense when you think about it–how can there be a “correct” answer to a question about your mood? Your feelings, your state of mind, these are mercurial things that change by the hour or even the minute. So why is the only emotional state we’re allowed to express “fine?”

Most of us learn at a young age that questions like “how are you” and “how’s it going” aren’t really looking for accurate answers–they’re looking for socially comfortable ones. Somewhere along the line of our society’s history it became taboo for us to talk about what’s actually going on in our heads. The guy at the office you see in the break room, the barista…

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