The Hilarious World of Depression: My New Podcast Obsession
I'm a bit of a podcast junkie. I currently listen to 30 (yes, 30) different podcasts, and the downloaded episodes I haven't listened to yet take up about a quarter of the storage on my hard drive. So when I saw this podcast called The Hilarious World of Depression, my first thought was, "Yes, of course I need a new podcast to listen to."
The Hilarious World of Depression is actually a new podcast, not just new to me. Its first episode aired a month ago, and it only has five episodes out at the time I'm writing this. Even if it didn't have a manageable number of episodes to catch up on, I'd still listen to it, because it's too important no to. It's goal is not to make light of depression, but to find the humor in an essentially humorless disease.
I've struggled with depression since I was 11 or 12 years old, and I can tell you it's not remotely funny. I can also tell you that I've had a million hilarious experiences while struggling with depression. Host John Moe aims to highlight the complexity of depression by speaking with professional comedians about their own experiences with this disease. In doing so, he also works to de-stigmatize depression and provides a way for people with depression to feel less alone.
I write and talk so often about my own depression to accomplish the same goals. If I had listened to a podcast like this or read a blog like mine when I was younger, maybe I would have gotten help sooner. Even though I had clear symptoms of depression (lethargy, hopelessness, apathy, sadness, uncontrollable crying, suicidal thoughts, isolation), I never thought I actually had depression. I didn't cut myself, so my problems weren't that bad, right? I was just sad. Things would get better soon. The lack of education and support I had access to regarding mental health was next to none, and so I suffered.
If you have depression, or any other mental health disorder, listen to this podcast. If you haven't been diagnosed, but think you might have depression, listen to this podcast. If, like I used to, you simply think you're just sad and that's how life is, listen to this podcast. If you know someone with depression, listen to this podcast. If you don't have any kind of mental disorder or any connection to someone with a mental disorder, listen to this podcast.
Only by educating ourselves and others and by removing the stigma of mental health disorders can we start to make a real difference in the lives of those who struggle with one. Listening to this podcast is a great start. Also it's very entertaining, which is a key component to a quality podcast. So go. Listen to The Hilarious World of Depression. Feel better.