5 Alternative Facts About People With Depression

5 Alternative Facts About People With Depression

Throw out what you know! I'm here to drop the (alternative) truth bomb!

So if you've been on the ~social media~ train lately, you probably know all about alternative facts. You know, the things that are facts but completely contradictory to actual facts but Kellyanne Conway says they're actually true? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Well, if you answered yes to the above, imma bout to drop some serious alternative fact truths on you about depression!

Alternative Fact 1:

Always tell the person you know exactly what they're going through especially if they have depression. They seriously love when you relate to their inability to feel a reason to get up in the morning or struggle to find motivation to engage in daily tasks. One time you were really sad for a few days? It made you feel like you would never see the sun shine again? Awesome. Thanks for your input, it's really appreciated and helping!

Alternative Fact 2:

When people tell you they're having a depressive episode, you should simply advise them to try and be happy! It's actually a fool-proof plan because -doiii- they didn't think of that themselves! Just, when someone confides that in you, the best thing you can say is "Well, have you tried just thinking of happy things? Sometimes I'm sad, but I just need to remember all the good in my life and I start to perk up!" <-- you couldn't say anything better than that right there! It's totally not out of their control because there is believed to be a chemical imbalance causing it or something! So advise away, Jose.

Alternative Fact 3:

In par with the last one, if that doesn't seem to perk them up, please remind them that their life could be so much worse! As Kourtney Kardashian once said to Kim...

Because, again, it's in their control. They keep choosing to be depressed, right?!

Alternative Fact 4:

Comforting them isn't working? Telling them it could be worse wasn't taken they way you thought it would be? No fear, there's another option. People suffering from depression, similar to a sulking child, need to be told to get over themselves. Like seriously, how bad could lacking drive in life be? Sure they don't have control over it but the least they could do is try to go out and have fun? So just tell them "Get over yourself, your life can't be that bad." Please. Do it.

Alternative Fact 5:

I would say the #1 thing you should say to someone with depression is "Depression isn't even real, you're just sad. Deal with it like everyone else." That's the hardball hitter right there. Truth BOMB. Despite scientific evidence supporting the realness (not to mention the LIVED EXPERIENCE of people) we've learned something pretty important in 2017 and it's that scientists are trying to fool you. Global Warming? Lie, just like depression. Silly scientists, leave these things to people with no prior experience or knowledge!

There you have it! Go forth with your new "facts" and change the world of mental health!

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

Take care of our planet and our future.


The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

Data For Progress

The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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