Someone Says Depression Is A Choice, And Andy Richters Response Is Brilliant

Earlier this year we lost several beloved figures to suicide such as Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Avicii to name a few, re-starting a worldwide conversation on mental illness. However, despite the far from new dialogue surrounding depression many people still seem woefully uninformed on how it works and how it is treated. One of the most common uneducated ideas about depression is that it is something that can be willed away if you just try hard enough, and thanks to the internet those who have actually struggled with the disease have a platform to dispell this myth.

Comedian Andy Richter might be known for his hilarious one-liners on Conan O’Brien’s show, but behind the scenes, the entertainer struggles with depression

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One Twitter user tweeted out a common misconception about the illness which set off the comic

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And prompted him to share personal details from his battle with depression

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Others who have struggled with their mental health applauded his explanation

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And some even added their own explanations

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8 Replies to “Someone Says Depression Is A Choice, And Andy Richters Response Is Brilliant

  1. I was at the end of my rope and had been suffering for over 40 years from depression.Taking drugs and therapy for as long, It got so bad I was considering suicide. Fortunately, I was diagnosed as being drug-resistant. Fine but what to do? There were still two treatments available to me. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) which is non-invasive and approved safe by the FDA. There was also ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) which is an older more invasive treatment that has been considered by many to be the gold standard. Given the two options, in my case, ECT was the most effective option. ECT is nothing like the scenes portrayed in “One Flew Over the Coo Coo’s Nest”. It is a very carefully orchestrated painless procedure performed under anesthesia. It is more costly but it made a dramatic effect. After a few treatments, I was incredibly relieved of my symptoms in fact almost giddy. I also committed myself to a few years of maintenance. If your depression is as extreme and long-lasting as mine, you may want to consult a psychiatrist who has experience in both TMS and ECT treatments. You can also do your own research on both treatments on the Mayo Clinic website. You don’t have to suffer.

  2. I just want to thank everyone who posted on depression, though I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, it is nice to know that I’m not alone in this. Keep fighting and keep moving forward. God bless.

  3. dont know why some people actor took thier lives , robin Williams, Superman, and other like Michael J fox battle it same with John Crawford, I lost 2 high school friends because of depression and yo never knew they had it.

  4. My son is struggling with depression, and it took me a long time to understand how it wasn’t his choice. Now I am beginning to educate myself so I can support him better. I wish there were more education on mental health for parents even before there are issues, so we can be better at spotting the problem and being there for our kids.

  5. Depression is a choice: those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight, do not deserve to live.
    Getting into depression is just giving up on trying and eventually giving up on life.

  6. I am so grateful for all of the comments I have just read for in the expressions of your darkness I have found some light and for that I’m thankful. I’ve been low for a while and started believing I had proper depression but from reading from youse and getting a glimpse into how horrific true depression is and where it takes you I now see that I’m not proper depressed at all I’m just a drug addict. THANK GOD

  7. I was told to “get over it” by a family member who has never learned one damn thing about depression. Does he think I’m faking it? Why in the world would one fake this omnipresent malaise?

  8. I did not know Andy Richter until now..As a sufferer with major depressive disorder diagnosed 16 years ago by the head of psychiatry at a major hospital and a professor of internal medicine at UTSW, I know what real depression is, what it does, and how it feels. Shallow people who believe that one can will it away or that one is seeking a pity party do not know what this feels like: You hit the low-low place and nothing means anything anymore, no one means anything anymore, and even the thought of your family members being murdered or dying naturally makes has no effect on you; the distance from where you are standing to the opposite corner of the room or across the street is insurmountably far away, far away, far away, far away; the horror of vacancy inhabits the cradle of your dying mind. Depression cannot see a way out. Only the miracle of God in my life and a child’s dose of an antidepressant keep me alive. People, tge closest folks to me, are unreachable sometimes. It is no one’s fault anymore than snow or rain are someone’s fault. . . I wish I could drive this home to you who read this comment. My best friend blew his brains out after planning to do so well in advance. Why? A 15-year-old raving beauty with the singing voice of an angel blew her brains out in my neighbor’s house. Her aunt found her and stuffed her brains back into her head the best she could. Depression is REAL.

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