Joe Rogan does not understand depression

People don’t understand clinical depression. Even though there’s lots of information available about the subject, too many people insist on remaining ignorant about it. That’s fine. People can choose what they want to educate themselves about. The problem I have are people who know nothing about clinical depression, yet talk about it as though they do. People like Joe Rogan.

Joe Rogan knows nothing about clinical depression. He doesn’t let that stop him from talking about it on camera and into a microphone.

This is what I’m referring to:

To say someone can treat clinical depression by picking up a hobby, engaging in intense exercise, or adding struggle to their life, is stupid.

One of the symptoms of clinical depression is a loss of interest. How does a person pick up a hobby when they don’t care about anything? A person suffering from clinical depression often doesn’t get pleasure from things. You can’t make clinical depression go away by swinging a kettlebell. You can’t make clinical depression go away by struggling more.

Of all the things said by Joe Rogan, the dumbest thing has got to be his comments on struggle. Clinical depression is one of the the worst kinds of struggle a person can face. People take their own lives because the struggle of depression wears them down. They get to the point where they believe the only way they will ever get relief from their struggle is by ceasing to exist.

Suicide is not killing yourself or causing harm to yourself. It’s making yourself cease to exist.

Joe Rogan thinks people suffering from clinical depression need more struggle? That’s like saying people with leukemia need tumors in their brain.

Clinical depression isn’t the same thing as feeling blue. It’s not like feeling down because things just aren’t going well in your life. One of the worst things about clinical depression is that it usually lacks a clear causation. You feel severe depression for no real reason.

What annoys me the most about the above video is Joe Rogan admits he doesn’t understand depression, yet still feels qualified to provide remedies to the problem. He should have stopped at admitting his own ignorance on depression and moved on to something he does know about.

18-year-old girl kills herself over cyberbullying

Brandy Vela, an 18-year-old high school student from Texas City, Texas, shot and killed herself this week. Her family believes it was in response to the online bullying she had been receiving from her classmates. From CNN:

Brandy’s sister, Jackie, says the teen had always been bullied for her weight, but the cyberbullying ramped up in April.

“People would make up fake Facebook accounts and they would message her and she wouldn’t respond and they would still come at her,” Jackie said.

“They would say really, really mean things like, ‘Why are you still here?’ They would call her fat and ugly. She was beautiful, absolutely beautiful; the only thing people could find to pick on her was her weight.”

Jackie says her sister changed her phone number and reported the bullying to police, but was told they couldn’t help her.

“They couldn’t do anything because [the suspects] used an app and it wasn’t traceable and they couldn’t do something until something happened, like they fight,” Jackie said.

A non-traceable app? Even if they were using a VPN is mask their actual IP address, you have to use a working cell phone number or email address to sign up for Facebook. If the police didn’t care enough to work the case when the family first reported the bullying, perhaps that will change now that the girl is dead.

Is cyberbullying even a crime? Last time I checked, you can be mean to someone else on the Internet. You can say that someone is fat and ugly, just like you can say someone is thin and attractive. I found her Facebook account and looked for examples of people being rude to her. I didn’t see any. All that means is that she probably deleted the mean comments.

Almost all of her Facebook posts are her posting a photo of herself and then her friends telling her how gorgeous she is.

None of her posts are restricted to only her Facebook friends. They are all open to the public. Then again, considering that she had 1,969 Facebook friends, I’m not sure private or public would make a difference. It seems to me that she could have stopped the cyberbullies in their tracks if she had made her account more private and restricted her friend list to her actual friends.

She was also a member of a public Snap Chat Facebook group. I imagine if there was cyberbullying, it probably started there. There are currently over 100,000 members of this Facebook group. The object of the group seems to focus on posting selfies for the enjoyment of strangers. If I were a parent, I wouldn’t want my child contributing to or spending time with a group like that.

Speaking of being a parent, where were this girl’s parents? It didn’t seem like they were monitoring her Facebook activity. Here is a post she wrote two years ago:

If you take what Brandy Vela said at face value, if the girl she’s talking about is her cousin, she is referring to her own aunt as a slut. That’s not very nice. Some would even argue that it was cyberbullying. If I was the child’s parent, I would have insisted she remove that post when it was first posted, two years ago.

I find it hard to believe that it was cyberbullying that caused Brandy Vela to kill herself. Could it have been a contributing factor? Sure. I’m just not a big believer in single-reason suicide. I think it’s more of an accumulation of things that leads a person to take their own life. I have to wonder what would cause someone to post so many puckered-lip selfies online. Why would someone want complete strangers to tell them how attractive they are? That doesn’t seem very healthy to me.

According to CNN, Brandy Vela killed herself with a handgun. Where did she get that? I think people need to be held responsible for their guns. I’m not against gun ownership, but I am against irresponsibility. If you own a gun and that gun falls into the hands of someone who uses it to harm themselves or others, you should be held responsible.

The gun had more to do with Brandy Vela’s suicide than trolls on Facebook.