Recently, there is a lady whom tweeted about her suicide plans. The tweets went slightly viral and it got picked up by Yahoo! news.
What absolutely disgusted me was the pure ignorance (and hence
lack of compassion immerse stupidity) that people have to say about her actions.
“That woman just needs the attention. Why would she tweet like that if she does not want to be rescued right?”
Or stuffs like, “I’ve been through bigger troubles, felt suicidal but I can still tide through it”.
No. Wrong. No, no, HELL NO. YOU ARE WRONG.
YOU ARE WRONG.
First and foremost, depression is not sadness that you can snap out of.
To help you understand this, think balding. Your hair is falling. It’s genetics or stress but your hair is falling. You go to Beijing101 and the rate of hair fall drops, but at the end of the day; your hair is still gonna fall. There’s treatment, there’s no cure.
Similarly, depression is an illness characterized by low mood. There’re treatments out there but as far as I remembered from my university education, there’s no cure. It’s kind of like cancer. With treatment, you can be well but there’s always a possibility of it coming back for some people.
And just like how a Christian, Muslim and Atheist see the world differently, I’m in no position to judge a Muslim’s actions (say eating Halal food) with my Christianity values. Similarly, people with and without depression see things differently. You cannot judge their actions with your world-views. So don’t say those “if I was her” bullshit.
And people with depression, or any form of mental illness, should not be ashamed to say so. You should be ashamed of yourself for discriminating/hating on them.
Secondly, you are not educated about suicide. So again, no. Wrong. No, no, HELL NO. YOU ARE WRONG.
YOU ARE WRONG.
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