Why This Meme Is Shit

Why This Meme Is Shit

The one's who are strong enough to accept that they have a problem and proceed to getting help are wearing the capes.
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I would like to set one thing clear once and for all. Depression can be caused by a wide spectrum of things such as a chemical imbalance in one's brain (this is usually referred to as Clinical Depression), genetics, an experience they have been through such as abuse, and so much more. What lies true for all these causes is that you have not been dealt an easy hand. You have been thrown through thick and thin, the good and the bad, and the ugliest things imaginable. Therefore, if there was a definition in the dictionary to define a person with depression "weak" would be an antonym. For that reason exactly is why I am openly bashing this meme.

Medication and a biomedical therapy approach is a new topic in itself. Although skimming the surface, I would like to point out a few very crucial things to know about the treatment of depression. More often than not...of course it depends on your depression type, people can not be cured from depression from solely talking things out, even if it's with a professional. In that same sense, nature can't be labeled as an antidepressant. Oh, and I will take the liberty to point out that to label something as an "antidepressant", it must be a drug. Last time I checked, and technically speaking, nature is not a drug. I will give you this, nature as well as anything brings one joy, peace, and happiness and can aid in one's treatment, this is true. However, it does not have the capability of making one better.

Aside from everything that has been mentioned, my biggest issue with this meme is that it adds to the false stigma of treating mental illnesses with medication. Mental illnesses are very real and they're most definitely debilitating to one's overall well being. There is NOTHING wrong with treating mental illnesses with medication if 1) it is helping, and if 2) there truly is something going on in one's brain from a biological standpoint. People, along with the creator of this meme, must stop thinking they are wearing a cape, because they have far from super powers. The ones who are strong enough to accept that they have a problem and proceed to getting help are wearing the capes.

The ones who go about their lives trying to fix their depression themselves instead of seeking professional help are the same people who are committing suicide. Eventually, they can't put up that tough guy act anymore because it becomes too much, and just like that, everything and all their problems come pouring down on them all at once and no matter what they do they can't make it stop.

So, although many will have differing opinions regarding this I feel that it is important to hear mine. Acting as if you are invisible is not always the solution and pills are most definitley not shit.

Cover Image Credit: The Mighty

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Eat Your Protein, Your Body Needs It For Hunger To Be Satisfied

"If you're craving snack foods, your body doesn't have enough protein."

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I often never considered how important it is to make sure one feeds their body the essential nutrients. Protein is on that list.

Even before I stopped eating meat, I know my body never received enough protein. I just didn't eat enough foods that contained protein. I never considered this to be much of a problem, until now.

Winter is rough. It's cold and dark because the sun hides away from the world more than usual. The lack of sunlight results in deficiencies in vitamin D and serotonin, necessary components of human health.

I chalked up fatigue and low moods as depressive symptoms. I wasn't concerned about my food cravings. However, when given the opportunity by my sister and my brother-in-law to try some bottles of their meal replacement drink, Soylent, I have different thoughts. They're always giving me food for free.

Soylent is a drinkable meal replacement containing adequate levels of vitamins, 20% protein, and 20% of one's daily nutrition values. As a college student who doesn't spend time cooking my own food or even take the time to count the nutrition values in the food I eat, it sounds like a good trade off.

What sticks with me is that it contains 20% protein.

I noticed that on a day I drink a bottle of Soylent, I have more energy, remain full for a while, and snack less often during the day. The first time I noticed this I immediately remembered a circumstance where I said to one my friends, "I want snacks. Let's get some snacks." She only responded with, "If you're craving snacks, your body doesn't have enough protein."

Most days I consume little to no protein and eat snacks late in the evening. When I do consume an adequate amount of protein, say from drinking a Soylent, I don't crave snack foods: chips, cookies, candy, etc. My friend's enlightening comments stands as a reminder in my brain.

Protein is more important than I thought it was. I've scheduled myself to order my own container set of Soylent.

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