20 5 / 2013
The worst thing is when you’re in so much pain you’re shaking and you are trying to take painkillers and when you open the bottle you drop them or shake them out everywhere and they go under things and just everywhere so you kind of just crawl around on the floor sobbing trying to find all your pills because you only have like four left and you’re not going to be able to get more
This is starting to happen more and more often too..
19 5 / 2013
I came across this article today and I felt it was worth sharing because it addresses an issue I’ve been struggling with for the last two years. I want anyone who can relate to read it and know that you are not alone, and that what you do is part of something so important. Think not of what those around you have to say, but of why you have chosen the life you lead and what a promising impact we have together.
I great piece, I just feel the need to highlight a few things.
The use of the term “pathological” in this article, I found to be problematic. Something is pathological when it becomes detrimental to oneself or others. Depression is pathological when it stops someone from living the life they wish to live. It is okay to have pathological emotions/symptoms, this is nothing to be ashamed of, and it is not your fault.
In addition, I felt a lot of overlap between general sadness, and clinical depression in this piece. Clinical depression is a psychopathology with symptoms such as fatigue, weight changes, appetite changes, sleep changes, a pessimistic outlook, feelings of helplessness, and overwhelming feelings of sadness which have persisted for weeks on end. While I’m sure many activists have weeks where they feel sad or burnt out, this is not the same as a depressive disorder. To equate the two is to belittle the pain a person with depression experiences.
That being said, I do believe that people who are predisposed to depression, can find themselves being triggered by their vegan activism, since it is so emotionally taxing. I myself have certainly felt this, and as vegans we need to work hard to be kind to, and support, one another.