help I’m having emotions about a cartoon antidepressant trying to be useful
DID YOU GUYS SERIOUSLY GIF AN ABILIFY COMMERCIAL
yes but look at it, it cares about her and just wants to help her be able to function. It’s like “I know you’re sad. here, I’ll help you.”
LIKE OKAY THOUGH can I explain why this is exceedingly brilliant?? Because when anti-depressants work right, that’s what they DO. They don’t make you happy or emotionless or unhealthy in any way, they make you FUNCTIONAL. They make it so that a depressed person who can barely get out of bed can start to support themselves again and more importantly, start to THINK for themselves again without the permeating presence of depression.
Depression is a cyclical disease, that tells you to think a certain way, and, because you’re depressed, you generally believe it, and then things get worse and worse. The ONLY thing anti-depressants do is to STOP that cycle in its tracks!! Which is something to be ecstatic about and celebrated, even if you don’t realize it at the time, because when you’re depressed, getting out of bed is climbing Mount Everest. Antidepressants help stop that cycle so that one day soon, getting out of bed can JUST be getting out of bed. They don’t even expedite the recovery process in most cases, they just make recovery POSSIBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. So this little guy is portrayed with a fuckton more accuracy than I ever expected from a commercial.
It’s back and adorable
It’s true though, people don’t seem to completely understand how anti-depressants work. They’re not a cure all. I had to wrap my mind around that when I myself was finally prescribed anti-depressants or else I was gonna end up quitting both of my jobs and dropping out of school to go back home because I couldn’t handle it anymore.
My grad assistant for my job who was a psych major explained it pretty well when I started. He told me anti-depressants are liking building a bridge to get you past your depression and into a recovery mindset, which is hard to do when even getting out of bed is a struggle and all you want to do is sleep and eat and sleep again and binge watch Netflix. The anti-depressant lifted me enough out of my funk that I was able to start reaching out for help and going to therapy and actually getting something out of it. It made it easier to start going to the gym, and trying to cook more food instead of just heating up a pizza or picking up something at the cafeteria.
Feeling the effects of the anti-depressant was the first time I was able to address my problems head on as well. I had been so down for so long that it felt normal to me and I argued with anyone who told me it was depression. When I started to actually feel better - happier, even - that was another big step in my recovery.
So, long story short, anti-depressants are not the enemy, they’re not evil. Really, the way they’re portrayed in this little commercial is so accurate. It’s not a cure. It’s a gentle push in the right direction.
If you can get over the guilt and anxiety that comes with choosing not to exercise, it honestly feels awesome to defiantly take the elevator and not the stairs.
I hate stairs there I said it
Stairs are literally the worst. I’ve been (almost guiltlessly) taking the stairs for the past year now cuz my lungs and legs literally cannot handle it. (I also live at 7000 feet.) I can do about a flight and then it’s like fuck it, judge me if you want, I’m taking the goddamn elevator.
Aka I feel ya.
Sometimes CAH hits too close to home.
Ohhey I played this exact card combination the last time I played. The truth will set you free! And also win the round.
Ouch. This reminds me of the time I played “The only thing certain about life is taxes and ____” and replaced the blank with “poor life choices”. I didn’t win that round. :(
- do you usually sleep with your closet door open or closed? I used to compulsively need to close the closet door when I lived alone but now that I live with my fiance I can sleep just fine with it open.
- do you take the shampoo from hotel rooms? Nope, I’ve heard that stuff is awful for your hair so I try not to use it.
- where is your next vacation? Going to wonderful Stockton, California for a close friends wedding next weekend! Yay 12 hours of driving each way!
- who do you think reads these? People who get insanely curious like I do? Haha I dunno probably no one.
- do you have a calendar in your room? Nope.
- what’s your plan for the day? I have to be at work in an hour, and then Tim and I are gonna go grocery shopping tonight.
- are you reading any books right now? Bob the Street Cat! Just finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
- do you ever count your steps when you walk? Sometimes, if my anxiety is bad and I can’t breathe sometimes it helps.
- do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing? Always (especially when drunk).
- do you chew your pens and pencils? Nah, just my nails.
- what is your “song of the week”? Missy by the Punch Brothers.
- is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yeah, duh.
- do you still watch cartoons? Not really TV shows but kids movies for sure.
- what do you drink with dinner? Usually water, sometimes wine and wine coolers or beer.
- what do you dip chicken nuggets in? Nothing usually, but sometimes I can do Ranch or sweet chili sauce.
- what is your favourite food/cuisine? Chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes and canned peas! (Palette of a five year old.)
- when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? Probably my fiance. We used to do snail mail when we long distance.
- can you change the oil on a car? No, but I should probably learn.
- what is your usual bedtime? Depends on if I take a nap or not but these days usually between 12-2 a.m.
- are you lazy? Always haha.
- afraid of heights? NOt really, just spiders.
- occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? A vet!
- hot tea or cold tea? Usually hot tea.
- tea or coffee? Umm… it depends on why I’md rinking it. For pleasure, tea. For awakeness, coffee.
- favourite kind of cookie? Mmmm chocolate chip cookies for sure.
- can you swim well? Enough that I wouldn’t drown super fast hahaha.
- can you hold your breath w/o manually holding your nose? Yeah… is that a thing people can’t do? Interesting hahaha. I do hold m nose underwater sometimes though. I hate getting chlorine water up in my sinus cavities.
(Source: littlegiilbert, via ohmygail)