Depression is one of the most confusing, polarizing, little-understood diseases out there. The pilot from Germanwings who crashed the plane last week is bringing this subject back into the spotlight, but it’s the sensationalized media version of depression, not an honest assessment. Stupid people might say things like “cheer up” or “think positive” but those of us who suffer from real, clinical depression know that the disease acts independently of logic. Thinking positive is a cute idea, but depression robs you of the ability to have positivity in your arsenal of coping mechanisms. Depression and its counterpart, anxiety, can sometimes be helped with medication… but it’s a band-aid on a cut that needs stitches. We don’t fully understand how medications even work half the time, and finding a combination of meds that will help effectively can sometimes take years… if something effective can even be found at all. Living with depression is a miserable experience that requires a resourcefulness many people will never possess just to get through each day. Today we have an honest discussion about what it feels like to have depression, coping mechanisms that actually work, how to trudge forward in life knowing your perception of things is warped, and ultimately why we’re still here. Nothing is sugar coated, and those who suffer from depression and anxiety will feel in the company of friends as they listen. Don’t worry, we bring the laughs too, but this episode is for our depression / anxiety suffering brethren. We’re still here carrying on despite our illness, and we hope you’ll do the same so that we can visit you each week with our show and try to make you laugh.
Once we’re done bringing everyone down with our depression talk, we get into the story about Ted Cruz’s father’s opinion about atheists. Essentially he wants all atheists rounded up, put in a camp in Vermont, held in by electric fences, and shot between the eyes if they ever escape. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so crazy that people are depressed. That’s a high level of irrational hatred for a group of people who simply don’t believe the same story that they do. Let’s not stop there though- let’s get America’s other most hated group, the gays, into this as well! An attorney in California has submitted a ballot proposition for what he calls the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” You can probably see where this going, but you wouldn’t guess just how violent it really is. His “bill” calls for legally murdering any gay person by way of a bullet or “any other convenient method.” Rather vague; perhaps he hasn’t thought it through yet. It’s certainly a well crafted plan otherwise! Based on these two recent news stories, I wouldn’t expect depression to go away anytime soon.