TW: MENTAL HEALTH, DEPRESSION
Dealing with depressive episodes can be incredibly difficult. When you search for images of “depression” you’ll likely see an attractive white person crying or sitting with their head in their hands in an elegant black and white photo. In reality, depression isn’t elegant…So, how do you come back from that?
We asked two Bossy writers to give us a culinary review of life’s most mundane and yet most vibrant food experience: the family dinner.
“I had just sat through three movies where Sam had followed Frodo across Middle Earth on a perilous journey, and it seemed obvious to me that after everything they’d been through they would get married … How could the story now veer wildly off course and have Samwise marry a girl from the Shire?”
“Openly talking about the financial strain of childcare and implying that your nanny and her absurd monetary demands are directly contributing to said strain is an unfair stress to level on an employee — you wouldn’t bully a plumber or an electrician to provide free or cheap labour because renovation is expensive.”
“While anger and sadness are certainly not polarising, I believe that anger typically emerges when you attribute the cause of an unfair, unjust or simply unideal situation that occurs to an external source: the world, a person, or a context. I believe that there is an overwhelming anger to always feeling powerless; as a child, as a woman, as a person of colour and as a disabled person.”
“There is a moment between when you mention sexual abuse victims and when I speak my next words, where I decide my identity for this conversation.”
“When I first met Matthew, I was very religiously confused. I was also angry and distracted, but mostly scared and woefully ignorant.”
“When I finally came across a specialist who took me seriously, I meekly told her: ‘I promise I’m not lying.’ But by that point, I wasn’t even convinced.”
“I was a love-ridden fool. I thought he would never do it again. I was wrong. But I did not leave. The good times were too good to leave.”
“I think the demagorgon possessing Will in season two of Stranger Things may be a metaphor for a migraine. But like for Will, it can be hard to get people to take the condition seriously, so here is a brief intro for the uninitiated.”