Writer, voice actor, and all-around cool guy Dan Harmon, known as the creator of quirky comedies like Rick and Morty and Community recently showed a side of himself that’s entirely different than his comedic genius self. When Twitter user @chojuroh asked him if he had any advice for people dealing with depression, not only did Dan Harmon answer this question in all seriousness, but also gave valuable advice that anyone coping with depression might find useful.
Through a series of tweets, he stressed how it’s important to accept one’s feelings and not allow the dark internal narrative to unfold. “The most important thing I can say to you is please don’t deal with it alone,” he wrote. “There is an incredible, miraculous magic to pushing your feelings out. Even writing ‘I want to die’ on a piece of paper and burning it will feel better than thinking about it alone. Output is magical.”
This exchange obviously got retweeted and liked by thousands of Twitter users. In response, one of them wrote, “Thank you for this. You did more for anxiety/depression sufferers than any pill or therapist. Own our feelings, quit hiding behind the fake smile. You’re an amazing guy for taking the question so seriously.”
Another user went on to express his appreciation by writing, “Thank you! ‘Feelings are real but they aren’t reality’. You have no idea how much this helped me.”
It’s difficult to express what’s going in one’s mind, especially when depression makes one feel absolutely nothing but crippling sadness and that too for reasons are hard to pinpoint.
So it becomes easier to shut oneself off and never speak about it. This might seem like the right thing to do at that moment, but anyone who’s seen depression from close quarters will tell you that this behaviour is harmful and it can only lead to more pain.
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