" 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.
#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.
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…
"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."
Yesterday I posted the 200th strip of depression comix, which is a notable milestone. A lot of webcomics don’t make it this far, and I’ve had my share of failures in this regard, but making it to 200 … well the next one is 300, isn’t it?
I’d like to thank everyone who supported this work through donations and more recently through Patreon. Because of your support I’ve been able to cut back on the…
Sorry I haven’t written in this blog for a while. I was in Canada for two weeks, and when I got back I had to get back to business quickly. But late is better than never.
On the last day I was in Canada, Robin Williams died. I won’t say much, but I will say he was a great, generous man who made people laugh the world over, and died because of a prolonged and exhausting battle with mental illness.…
There was some great commentary given by readers to the latest strip, especially on Facebook and tumblr. Most notably a wonderful post with lots of references to research on bullying by star-anise. Thank you all for giving me your take on the comic, and for adding to the discussion on bullying.
I will be going back to Canada for about two weeks from the 28th, and although I’m…
One of the ways it has helped me out immensely is when I work on the site design. The depression comix site has been drifting towards a more spacious and clean design, with less supplementary elements on the page and practically no…
I am happy to announce that depression comix on Patreon is a success. 12 kind and generous people have signed on to support depcom on it, and I am greatly indebted to these friends who are encouraging me to continue this comic. It’s a sign of trust on their part that I will fulfill their expectations and I’m sure Patreon will push me to make a better comic.
As always, thank you for reading depression comics and for all the support you have given.
Recently, I’ve decided to try to give Patreon a try. Patreon is a means by which one can support artists of all types on the web by giving a small tip whenever they finish something. My Patreon site is at http://www.patreon.com/claycomixand I will hopefully figure out exactly how it works. If there are any…
I am very proud to say that depression comix will be mentioned in the latest issue of Bitch Magazine, Summer 2014. I think this is the first time depcom has been mentioned in print, and I haven’t seen the article yet so I can’t comment on it too much. However I am very grateful to Bitch Media and for giving this work the opportunity to be seen in such an important magazine.