Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fehmarn Coast, 1912
Hyperbole and a Half posted again, and everyone needs to read it because:
- If you are depressed, it will resonate with you like whoa.
- If you are not depressed, it will clarify some stereotypes about depression that need to be said. An explanation like this has been needed for a LONG time.
- If you know someone who is depressed, you’ll be better at interacting with them after reading this.
As I sit in my bed covered in a horrid looking lamictal rash that is my latest absurd depression-related misfortune, at home because I needed to take the week off of work due to my mental and emotional instability, waiting for it to be 12:40 so I can go to see my psychiatrist, this made me smile.
The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly—you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.