Humor Helps Students Deal with Depression

Melissa Kizer
Co-Editor in Chief

You lay in your bed and not feel anything. You are tired. People assume you did not get enough sleep the night before, so no one asks if you are okay. You question everything in your life. You feel so alone but you have had people

Seen here in Arsenic and Old Lace, CJ Auld uses amusing roles to help him deal with his depression. Photo by Alex Luther.

Seen here in Arsenic and Old Lace, C.J. Auld uses amusing roles to help him deal with his depression. Photo by Alex Luther.

say that they want to help, but you don’t want to annoy them with your problems.

“You just can’t get out of bed, you don’t see the point in your world, and your positive energy is rung out of you like a wet mop,” said Junior C.J. Auld.

You feel like a burden to anyone and everything you deal with. You feel there is no light at the end of the long, dark tunnel you are trapped in. You feel there is no hope.  Then you get out of bed and go through the motions of the day that is ahead of you.

“Making someone laugh gives me an adrenaline rush that is helpful in keeping my mind off bad thoughts. As Robin Williams said, the funniest people tend to be the most sad,” said Auld.

Admittedly, Auld uses comedy as a shield. He has been involved in the theatre program since his sophomore year, taking on comedic roles such as Benvolio in An Evening of Romance and Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace.  He made the audience laugh really hard and received the adrenaline rush that makes him want to keep making people laugh.  When he makes people laugh, he forgets that he is dealing with the mental battle against depression.

“You can be fine, then two seconds later you are a wreck,” said Senior Janae Gerdom.

Having depression is a mixture of a thousand emotions; happiness, anger, sadness, fear, relief, so on. Living with depression can be unbearable at times, but trying to look past it is the hardest part.

“I was more depressed, anxious, and worried that others would notice I had depression. This led to more panic attacks, I really didn’t deal with it until the end of my sophomore year,” said Gerdom.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2013, an estimated 2.6 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode. According to Psych Central, genetic research has shown that vulnerability to depression results from multiple genes acting together with environmental factors.  Based on what kind of life you live, environmental factors could result in depression.

“Because of school, I get panic attacks, I cry and get freaked out because of the pressure building up from teachers to be perfect. I get exerted and I shut people out,” said a student who wished to remain anonymous.

Even the simplest things in life, like dropping your pen, can set off the built up stress from everyday life and having depression.

“The little things can make me depressed, it’s a combination of small things and a big event to be the cause of depression.” said Gerdom.

Trying to help people with depression can be tough. The person with depression wants to be helped, but doesn’t want to bother others either.

The want to help those with depression is made apparent through Senior Tylar Brockhouse. “Not one person in this world should be able to make another human being feel worthless or empty. People are mean and, as impossible as it sounds, we need to love each other.”

Depression is an unfortunate situation anyone has to deal with.  No one should have to feel like they are less than anyone else. No one should want to consider suicide because that is the only way out.

That is not the only way out.  

Friends want to help, parents want to help, and teachers want to help.  There are so many people who love you and are rooting for you to survive the dark tunnel of depression. Remember that there are people who do want to help and people who love you.  

The suicide hotline number is 1-800-273-8255.  This number can save someone who has depression and are in a bad state.

Help people get through depression.

Make sure you are kind to everyone, because you have no idea what state of mind someone is in and your action can make the decision whether or not to commit suicide.

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