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Old 18th November 2017, 04:34 PM
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Andy Richter just perfectly shut down anyone who thinks depression is a 'choice.'

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Earlier this week, a Twitter user named Asia with 544 followers tweeted her controversial belief that "depression is a choice."
asia @_asiastabler
depression is a choice
6:50 AM - Nov 13, 2017

Despite only having a couple hundred followers, Asia's tweet proceeded to go viral, with thousands of people responding with their thoughts on the matter. She even tried to back up her nonsensical opinion with an even more nonsensical explanation.

One of the most potent responses shutting down Asia's belief that depression is a choice came from Andy Richter.

At first, the comedian responded in a bit of a rage.
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Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive.
1:37 AM - Nov 18, 2017

But about a half hour later, Richter pulled his car over to explain exactly why the tweet made him fume so much.

Andy Richter ✔@AndyRichter
Quote-responding to this tweet may seem like shooting fish in a barrel, & yet it is 30 mins later & I have pulled over after school drop-off to respond further because I am angry.
2:12 AM - Nov 18, 2017

He then described his personal experience with depression, something he has dealt with for most of his life.

Andy Richter ✔@AndyRichter
I have been followed by an ever-present amorphous sadness for almost my entire life. I am 51 yrs old. It varies in strength from a casual unresolvable suspicion that I will never find the joy that others do in a sunset, to the feeling that being dead might a respite & a kindness
2:16 AM - Nov 18, 2017

The clincher?
Andy Richter ✔@AndyRichter
“Depression is a choice” = “your pain is your fault”
“You can overcome this if you just try hard enough” = “Your pain is making me uncomfortable. Please shut up.”
2:30 AM - Nov 18, 2017

And more at source

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If you run into assholes all day, maybe you're the asshole." - Raylan Givens

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Old 19th November 2017, 01:07 PM
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You're f***ing kidding me. If depression is a choice, then why the hell would I stay depressed?!?
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Old 19th November 2017, 02:52 PM
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Default Re: Twitter: Self-appointed expert says depression "a choice". Nek minnit...

The idea that depression is a choice inhabits the same realm of woo as the idea that sexual orientation is a choice, and for that matter, homelessness as a choice or unemployment. Some people, especially of a religious bent, seem to have a belief in a supercharged-turbo free will.

I'd speculate that all these things are based on belief in perfection. God's world is absolutely perfect it's just that we make poor choices - like depression and having sex with our own gender.

To spill over into politics, i reckon a similar mentality is at work with homelessness and unemployment. Our liberal capitalist system is perfect, it's just that some people make poor choices - it's really their fault. To go even further, extracting resources from the ground and setting fire to them is a perfect system, therefore climate change is not real. Sorry...off topic.

There is something terribly mendacious about claiming free-will as the cause of mental illness. Telling sufferers it's their fault could have life threatening consequences for some people.
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