I watched an interview on YouTube just now on ITV on Lorraine Kelly’s show. It was an interview with Fearne Cotton speaking openly about depression. Lorraine made a comment that at REALLY, REALLY, REALLY PISSED ME OFF! It was a conversation talking about Fearne’s friendship with a friend who was dealing with breast cancer called Chris.
The conversation went like this with Lorraine saying, ‘when your thinking about yourself and moaning about this, that and the next thing, think about what that girl has gone through and the bravery of her’.
I mean I don’t even know where to start on this, as a person who battles with depression it is appalling quite sad to hear such negativity and stigma. Fearne came on the show to discuss depression and instantly got belittled and somehow got treated as her illness was nothing compared to a physical illness, due to silly comments like the above made by Lorraine.
Depression is an illness let’s bear that in the mind and how dare Lorraine to dumb down the experience to simply just moaning about life.People have killed themselves because their depression is so severe. No wonder no one talks about it when we get this stigma for moaning and that how dare we have a shit time.
I don’t doubt having breast cancer is hell but please Lorraine doesn’t trump one condition with another. They are completely different and if anyone is watching the interview whilst battling depression will only make them feel worse when you get the comments made by Lorraine. To view depression as moaning will only make the depressive feel more shit and less likely to talk. Because we depressives are so selfish aren’t we, always thinking about me. Well, most depressives don’t talk because they are too ashamed due to the ridicule. That interview just showed it and Lorraine you let us all down.
Each day is a battle to get up with the turmoil of our inner mind, we are fighting to live. We are brave because we wake up and fight another day. The more we break down the fact that depression is nothing but moaning the better.
We should talk about depression openly and understand that it is ok to feel shit and hopeless. Sometimes we are happy and masking everything. Don’t make assumptions that we are sitting around moaning, there could be a person in the workplace right now and you would not notice.
With depression it is not just sitting there, it is more complex, more emotions than just sad.
One last thing before you judge think twice about making judgements of a person. That person might be going through hell each day trying to fit in this shitty, judgey society that we live in.
Least not forget congratulations on Fearne for speaking out on such a taboo subject, especially when you are a mum. If you are feeling depressed and looking for some help with learning some techniques then click here to find some value techniques that may be beneficial to you.
Cheers for reading X