The Things That Pass As “Truth” About Depression…Wow.
And here I thought I had seen about as many dumb lists about depression as there could possibly be out there.
Well, I was wrong.
I need a new category of blogposts called, “Who Writes This Shit?”
The most recent offender is something floating around called, “12 Surprising Causes of Depression.”
Getting good information out there is hard enough. We have to put up with misinformation?
One of the “causes” listed in this Surprising list is “Facebook Overload.” They cite a piece of research that shows a relationship between Facebook time and depression. But only at the bottom of the blurb does it point out that the researchers couldn’t really determine, or even guess, if high Facebook time CAUSES depression (the author’s claim) or is simply CORRELATED to depression (meaning that those who are already depressed are on Facebook a lot.)
So despite the headline claim, they themselves can’t actually say that Facebook causes depression. (Want to take a wild guess as to which of these I think is more likely?)
Another beaut is warm, sunny weather. Yep, you read that right. “Warm weather depression arises when the body experiences a ‘delay adjusting to new seasons,’ says Alfred Lewy, MD, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland.” Seriously? It couldn’t be from an anniversary to a trauma that happened at that time of year maybe?
But my absolute favorite (and I’m laughing as I write this) is “The End of a TV Show or Movie.”
Hang on, I have to regroup here. This is hilarious to me.
So, let me get this straight: A perfectly healthy person can fall into clinical depression because their favorite TV show has come to an end? Even more absurd, and tragic if true, is the claim that, “In 2009, some Avatar fans reported feeling depressed and even suicidal because the movie’s fictional world wasn’t real. There was a similar reaction to the final installments of the Harry Potter movies. ” And these folks had no signs or symptoms of depression before these shows? Honestly??
I think not.
This kind of nonsense frosts me. A writer gets the rare platform to share genuinely helpful information, and we get this?
My husband taught me the phrase for it: Click bait.
So in the interest of public education, don’t share this kind of Click bait hokum.
For all we know, click bait causes depression, and we wouldn’t want that.