Dan Harmon is best known for his work on shows like Community and Rick and Morty. I know some of you may never have heard of him before, but I seriously suggest you look into his work.
He’s a funny man and an all-around good guy.
He was recently asked on Twitter ‘do you have advice for dealing with depression.’
Dan was asked by a young woman, who goes by the username chojuroh.
@danharmon do you have advice for dealing with depression
— colton lancington (@chojuroh) November 28, 2017
Her real name is Colton, and she recently explained why she wanted to ask Dan Harmon.
“I asked Dan Harmon because I wanted advice from someone who suffers, but is not a professional.
“This is the most basic, general advice I’ve been given so far, and it’s great. I participate in 4 separate therapies, and treating depression is the least of my worries. I know what works for me, but I knew it would help others for someone in the public eye to say something. Letting out your pain can do a lot of good in the long run, even if you don’t feel better right away.”
Dan Harmon was quick to respond and came up with a handy method of coping with depression and anxiety, a method which he’s been praised for.
Thank you for this. You did more for anxiety/depression sufferers than any pill or therapist. Own our feelings, quit hiding behind the fake smile. You're an amazing guy for taking the question so seriously.
— samantha williams (@punkinmimi) November 30, 2017
Heres Dan’s advice:
“For One: Admit and accept that it’s happening. Awareness is everything. We put ourselves under so much pressure to feel good. It’s okay to feel bad. It might be something you’re good at! Communicate it. DO NOT KEEP IT SECRET. Own it. Like a hat or jacket. Your feelings are real.
“Two: try to remind yourself, over and over, that feelings are real but they aren’t reality. Example: you can feel like life means nothing. True feeling. Important feeling. TRUE that you feel it, BUT…whether life has meaning? Not up to us. Facts and feelings: equal but different.
“The most important thing I can say to you is please don’t deal with it alone. There is an incredible, miraculous magic to pushing your feelings out. Even writing “I want to die” on a piece of paper and burning it will feel better than thinking about it alone. Output is magical.
“Dark thoughts will echo off the walls of your skull, they will distort and magnify. When you open your mouth (or an anonymous journal or blog or sketchpad), these thoughts go out. They’ll be back but you gotta get em OUT. Vent them. Tap them. I know you don’t want to but try it.”
This whole thread's got me crying. Thank you. ❤️
— 🎄Magztletoe🎄 (@Magzdilla2early) November 30, 2017
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