Thursday, 18 June 2020

Laughing at Depression

Our sense of humour (assuming we had one in the first place) is one of  the first things to go when depression strikes. If you have depression then it can seem like one of the most unfunny things ever. It is remorseless, hideous and painful. It doesn't do one liners, double entendres or puns. But in reality humour can be found literally anywhere - even in depression.


I know for a fact that depression doesn't like you laughing at it. Laughter sends a shudder through its dark heart. Why is that? Well, humour can relieve us - it can liberate us - it can allow us to see things that are ludicrous. It can satirise and make fun of things and it can give us some relief from monsters. And God knows depression is a monster.

Try giving your depression a silly voice: Donald Duck, Homer Simpson, or Boris Johnson on helium. Let it speak in an outrageous French accent; let it do silly walks like John Cleese or wear a funny hat; let it slip on banana skins. 

PS I also collect good jokes about depression. Some of these may be in bad taste but what the hell?

Q: How many depressives does it take to change a lighbulb?

A: (In monotone) It doesn't really matter because the darkness will always win.

If you know of any good ones, please send them to me.

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