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Commentary: I had planned a harsher strip but because of the complaints from last week I decided a much lower-key strip would be better. It was pretty much inspired by a new job I started this month and the necessity of smiling at work (I was replacing someone who never smiled, and they made that clear to me). Of course, faking smiles was something I got really good at even when inside I felt like I really just wanted to die. I felt like I was going to crumble at any moment, but I was determined to never let that show.I like the new character. I don’t often engage in drawing different body types but this one came really naturally to me this time. The Coffee Star is obviously a take on a famous coffee chain.

depressioncomix:

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Commentary: I had planned a harsher strip but because of the complaints from last week I decided a much lower-key strip would be better. It was pretty much inspired by a new job I started this month and the necessity of smiling at work (I was replacing someone who never smiled, and they made that clear to me). Of course, faking smiles was something I got really good at even when inside I felt like I really just wanted to die. I felt like I was going to crumble at any moment, but I was determined to never let that show.

I like the new character. I don’t often engage in drawing different body types but this one came really naturally to me this time. The Coffee Star is obviously a take on a famous coffee chain.

Everyday discrimination impacts mental health -- ScienceDaily »

" Researchers have determined that African Americans and Caribbean blacks who experience discrimination of multiple types are at substantially greater risk for a variety of mental disorders including anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

The research — co-authored by professor Christopher Salas-Wright at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work and published in the August 2014 edition of Addictive Behaviors — suggests that experiences of discrimination in the form of disrespect and condescension do not alone appear to increase risk for most mental disorders. However, hostile and character-based discrimination in combination with disrespect and condescension does seem to place African American and Caribbean black adults at considerable risk for mental health problems.”

There you have it — a link between discrimination and mental illness.

On second thought …

#202 was a comic about personal experience, and here there is a very small minority who deem it proper to say that me making a comic about it is somehow wrong.

Listen, if any of you have a story to tell about your life, your depression, no one has the right to tell you you’re wrong to do it.

Those people who wish to silence you are hypocrites. They want the right to express how they feel by trying to stop you from expressing how YOU feel. And they do it with an arrogance mixed with contempt.

If there’s one thing I’ve ever thought on this blog is that everyone’s story is worth hearing. And it’s worth talking about it. as long as it can be done without name calling and mutual respect.

Your life and experiences are important. If they take away your ability to talk about that, your ability to recover will be weakened significantly.

I’m not going to waste any more time defending my personal experiences.

Regarding #202

I’ve received a lot of flack on the latest comic, especially on social media. Instead of trying to explain in various places I thought I would explain myself here in one place.

The first thing is that #202 is not a strip I would have done without 200 strips behind me. I feel after drawing 200 of these strips that people reading it would see that depression is not a simple illness, there are many…

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Commentary post.
This strip is to be taken into context with depression comix #173 and #174 featuring the same character, who has been threatened with suicide for leaving. What I wanted to illustrate is how these things can wound people. Naturally, this is not a depiction of everyone who suffers from depression and those around them, but this type of situation does happen enough to warrant exposition.
I introduced this character because a lot of comics about depression are focused solely on the person suffering, and I wanted a thread about the suffering of those on the periphery, because it’s not only difficult to live with depression, it’s difficult to live with someone who has depression, albeit in a different way.

Bolded emphasis mine, as is the following opinion, of course…
I’ve been on both sides of this equation, and I honestly think it’s more exhausting to live with someone who is depressed than it it is to actually be depressed. I admit this as someone who is himself bipolar — when lost inside our own heads we can be extremely passive-aggressive, manipulative, capricious, defensive, and often climb on the proverbial cross and crucify ourselves as martyrs. We often tell the person dealing with us most intimately that we’re “walking on eggshells” around them, but that’s usually bullshit — they’re the ones who actually have to walk on eggshells and bend over backwards trying not to do or say the “wrong thing.” And the guilt. The guilt and anxiety and genuine worry our lovers and friends and family members carry is, at times, debilitating. Tumblr is all too often about how to treat a depressive person properly. It rarely gives credence or proper attention to those souls who brave our stormy waters and wade in hip deep. We often unconsciously demand that they be nothing short of paragons. Try being that for a day, and see how long you can do it, as well as how much it takes out of you.

I’ve received some heat for this strip on various social networks so I’m grateful for your addition. Thank you.

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Commentary post.

This strip is to be taken into context with depression comix #173 and #174 featuring the same character, who has been threatened with suicide for leaving. What I wanted to illustrate is how these things can wound people. Naturally, this is not a depiction of everyone who suffers from depression and those around them, but this type of situation does happen enough to warrant exposition.

I introduced this character because a lot of comics about depression are focused solely on the person suffering, and I wanted a thread about the suffering of those on the periphery, because it’s not only difficult to live with depression, it’s difficult to live with someone who has depression, albeit in a different way.


Bolded emphasis mine, as is the following opinion, of course…

I’ve been on both sides of this equation, and I honestly think it’s more exhausting to live with someone who is depressed than it it is to actually be depressed. I admit this as someone who is himself bipolar — when lost inside our own heads we can be extremely passive-aggressive, manipulative, capricious, defensive, and often climb on the proverbial cross and crucify ourselves as martyrs. We often tell the person dealing with us most intimately that we’re “walking on eggshells” around them, but that’s usually bullshit — they’re the ones who actually have to walk on eggshells and bend over backwards trying not to do or say the “wrong thing.” And the guilt. The guilt and anxiety and genuine worry our lovers and friends and family members carry is, at times, debilitating.

Tumblr is all too often about how to treat a depressive person properly. It rarely gives credence or proper attention to those souls who brave our stormy waters and wade in hip deep. We often unconsciously demand that they be nothing short of paragons. Try being that for a day, and see how long you can do it, as well as how much it takes out of you.

I’ve received some heat for this strip on various social networks so I’m grateful for your addition. Thank you.

depressioncomix:

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Commentary post.This strip is to be taken into context with depression comix #173 and #174 featuring the same character, who has been threatened with suicide for leaving. What I wanted to illustrate is how these things can wound people. Naturally, this is not a depiction of everyone who suffers from depression and those around them, but this type of situation does happen enough to warrant exposition.I introduced this character because a lot of comics about depression are focused solely on the person suffering, and I wanted a thread about the suffering of those on the periphery, because it’s not only difficult to live with depression, it’s difficult to live with someone who has depression, be it in a different way.

depressioncomix:

202

Commentary post.

This strip is to be taken into context with depression comix #173 and #174 featuring the same character, who has been threatened with suicide for leaving. What I wanted to illustrate is how these things can wound people. Naturally, this is not a depiction of everyone who suffers from depression and those around them, but this type of situation does happen enough to warrant exposition.

I introduced this character because a lot of comics about depression are focused solely on the person suffering, and I wanted a thread about the suffering of those on the periphery, because it’s not only difficult to live with depression, it’s difficult to live with someone who has depression, be it in a different way.

This is what depression REALLY feels like : The Loop »

"Wednesday, September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day, and with Robin Williams‘ tragic passing still so fresh in our collective memory, the subject has never been more relevant or poignant. There are 350 million people on this planet who suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of suicide. Though its symptoms can be difficult to spot, depression is, for many, every bit as debilitating as other fatal physical diseases. And despite their best efforts, it can be overwhelming for friends and family to try and understand what those suffering from depression are going through and how they can help.

"Fortunately, a community of talented artists have cropped up online, offering a glimpse into what living with depression is really like. One of them is Clay, the founder of Depression Comix. He was diagnosed with depression in 1993 and now creates comics on the subject in hopes of enlightening the world at large and comforting those who, like him, are suffering from it."