do you think depression SELLS these days?

@JanMags (726)
Philippines
February 19, 2008 10:39pm CST
i've been depressed for most of my life but i had no idea that a lot of people are actually INTO it these days. I actually have a lot of students who claim to be "emo" or emotional or emotionally depressed. they love to listen to the emo genre of music, wear emo clothes and write and talk about emo stuff. i also recently came across a site that sells slightly humorous depression-related t-shirts and merchandise. is depression really selling like hotcakes these days? do you find that alarming?
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9 responses
• United States
20 Feb 08
I find that if I think about them too much, most things about the world today are very alarming. Just take comfort in the fact that most of these kids that are 'into' being depressed, aren't really. They are simply trying to fit in, I guess. Also, if it's any consolation to you, the only kids at school that seem to like the emo kids, are the emo kids. Generally speaking, high school students like to make fun of the emo people because the majority of them are not depressed, they simply like to take on some facade of grandeur aka. become 'emotionally charged.' Someone I know who was actually depressed who was particularly irritated by the emo movement liked to randomly spout somewhat offensive jokes about them. The one I'm remembering best at the moment went something like: 'How many emo kids does it take to put in a light bulb?' 'Who cares. Let 'em cry in the dark.' (I'm sure it's everywhere and overdone, but it still makes me smile a little.) Hopefully this, too shall pass.
• United States
20 Feb 08
(for the record, I'm not referring to the legitimate music genre, or what emo was intended to be, I'm referring to all of these annoying kids that make this label their excuse to be just as bad as those that would 'oppress' them.)
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
very well written opinion cheshirekat. thanks for posting a response :)
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
Well it is so sad to hear that the numbers are higher because of depressions. I think have a consultant or somebody that could provide you a professional help.
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
thanks ayou. i've tried several times to get help but nothing seems to work. it's like my depression is married to my creative side. i know a lot of other people feel the same. this is why sometimes i personally kid around and make fun about my condition because it is the only way i know how to survive. thanks for responding ayou
@anniem72 (50)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I also suffered from depression in the past, due to my childhood. Surprisingly though, i wasn't aware of how depression is selling. Thats news to me! I think that is weird.
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
oh i was surprised too when i first found out about this site that sells merchandise for sad people. check it out www.despair.com some of their stuff are actually funny but then i am aware that for those who are critically depressed, things like these can just make their conditions worse
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I find it very sad that people are willing to make a profit on something such as an emotional illness. How tragic. In my opinion, that is almost like making fun of those who are truly depressed. I work with depressed people and it disturbs me to see this trend. (which I agree with by the way). Also, I am REALLY disturbed by those who go to public mental clinics and attempt to fiend depression in hopes of drawing a 'crazy check' (SSI or other funding given to those who are disabled by an illness). I really hope that each of the people who do this are ultimately caught and prosecuted !
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
oh my, that actually happens (the pretending to be depressed thing)? that doesn't really happen here in my country but i never thought that could happen elsewhere. tsk, tsk. that is terrible.
• United States
20 Feb 08
yeah i think people throw being depressed, and having anxiety WAY to much. it annoys me soo. i have SOO many friends that tell EVERYONE that they are depressed, and have anxiety. WTH do you even know what it means??? oh my BF dumped me im depressed!! BULL get over it. i was just prescribed with anti depressants. it took me over a year to even get up the courage to go, i still wouldn't call myself depressed or have anxiety. i DO have a problem, but i dont FLAUNT it like a cool fad. when someone tells me they are depressed i laugh, and tell them to shut the f up. (people i KNOW arent depressed and are having a bad day/week)
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
i don't like it too that depression gets flaunted like a cool fad. i wonder why kids get attacted to the idea of depression so much
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
20 Feb 08
It angers me so much. Emo is a style of music that emerged in the 1980s as a retort to punk. musicians wanted to put the emotion back into music. There was no black eyeliner-quasi-goth depression thing going on. It makes me so mad. So mad that I'm going to make a post about the true meaning of emo.
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
20 Feb 08
i'm actually also aware of the real meaning of emo. yes, it is a great genre of music. unfortunately so many people (kids most especially) have lumped emo music together with everything else that seems depressing. so sad. yes, do make a post about it.
• Australia
20 Feb 08
Nope, I don't. I think they should actually just keep it to themselves and get over it. Rather than spreading it out the public and such. Although that is my opinion, I do support those that get depressed, but they shouldn't be made public in most cases, as I think that tends to make them worse.
@Saicows (113)
• Brazil
20 Feb 08
It´s not the depression that is selling... but the books and tv shows about that only depreciate those who really have problems with it. That´s very sad.
• Singapore
20 Feb 08
No biggy... this is just MOPING. It is enjoyable to mope. You get a kick out of feeling sad. The sadder you are, the more you feel like moping. And the more you mope, the sadder you become. Chicken and egg? Nah, just a endless cycle of sadness. That's life. Have a toast, cheers.