Nowadays, depression is seen as habitual and has become common among high school students, but the fact of the matter is depression is not some- thing that should be taken lightly. Sub- sequently, people shouldn’t plaster their sadness on social media for everyone to see.
There is a difference between feeling down and being clinically depressed. Expressing sadness is a normal coping mechanism, but when words like “I am so depressed” are thrown around, it needs to be addressed.
This isn’t to advocating for suppression of emotion, but for a better under- standing that depression is not a light, fluffy topic. Having depression does not make you look cooler than the next person; it just means you face more obstacles in life. Depression is a mental health issue that does not deserve glorification.
Depression is truly a heavy burden for one to carry. It keeps people from doing what they love, being the per- son they are and seeing the joy in life. Often times, a good day for a severely depressed person an average day for a healthy individual. This is unhealthy. Temporary sadness should not be comparable to depression.
Negative attention on social media is also not something prideful. After a while, it becomes redundant and annoying. Social media is not a place to complain about every detail on your day, especially not your deepest, darkest thoughts, Social media is to share the positive and happy moments in life. Being a follower of someone whose media is feeling sorrowful and gloomy does nothing but bring unhealthy negativity into your life.
Venting is O.K. to do. It’s healthy to express your feelings, but social me- dia isn’t the ideal place to express the gory specifics about what you’re going through, there’s nothing an app can do to fix your issues.
There isn’t anything artistic about struggling from depression. Depression isn’t as poetic as, “I am drowning and everyone around me is breathing.” Something so dark and heavy should not get the chance to be idolized as a trend. Mirroring aesthetically pleasing pictures on depression only leads to People see the aesthetically pleasing actual sadness and negativity.
Scrolling through social media, the majority of posts are people explaining their problems and looking for help. These cries for help don’t get you any- where. There are therapists that are there to talk to you, friends to listen and other professionals that are will- ing to help. Clinical depression meets certain criteria and feeling sad or “depressed” does not have the same long term effects in life.
Sadness is a serious issue, but it is important to draw a line between depression and human emotion.