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Of course, it’s in my head
That’s why it’s called mental illness
By Jenelle Jensen

MILLENNIALS ARE GOOD at one thing: speaking their minds. Some even gain fame and get paid for sharing the contents of their brains on social media.

For example, one popular online Canadian comedian, Nicole Arbour, has gone viral with outspoken and crude videos highlighting some of today’s popular topics, such as the #metoo movement, racism, even obesity – the video of which she graciously titled, “Dear Fat People.”

Arbour has been highly criticized for her commentaries, but continues to shamelessly spew her opinions all over the Internet.

In February 2018, she posted the video “Why ‘Depression’ Is all in Your Head,” explaining how we have the power to change what is happening in our minds, and that depression is a choice.

As someone who struggles with depression, I don’t recall ever deciding to be depressed.

Yet, Arbour explains that there are many choices and remedies that can keep people from sinking into depressive thinking, including exercise, healthy eating and expressing gratitude.

She also suggests that medication is not the answer for someone combating depression, because drugs “take away people’s ability to feel.”

This may be true for some people, but medication affects each person differently. What always affects someone’s ability to feel is depression.

Depression has caused me to sink into a hole where eating right, exercising and showing gratitude seem almost impossible.

Though Arbour may be a master at concocting generalities, the truth of the matter is that we are not all the same – and our experiences are not the same.

We all struggle in different ways.

Her suggestion that medication turns people into “tin men” and “zombies” is utter nonsense. My ability to feel and function is directly related to my depressive state. However, with medication I can think clearly and logically, and thrive day to day.

Without medication, I’m a mess.

Nicole, I hate to break it to you, but depression is not a choice. I did not choose this way of life. Perhaps, one day, when you struggle, you may learn to feel some empathy for the people around you who are struggling. There is not one simple solution for everybody.

All your arguments are in your head – where you should have left them.

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