Dan Harmon, the creator of the television shows Community and Rick and Morty, was asked by a woman on Twitter if he had any advice on how to deal with depression. Most celebrities would not respond to tweets from non-celebrities, but Dan Harmon did, and his advice was straight from the heart.
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.
The woman was taken aback by the response and replied to Dan Harmon with the following Tweet.
“sorry I’m kinda star struck rn so I’m having a hard time articulating anything other than thank you so goddamn much for all of this. Probably better than my therapist could’ve said it. (And my boyfriend: “TELL HIM THANK YOU AND THAT WE SUBSCRIBE TO HARMONTOWN”)”
The woman known as ‘charming taint man’ was then interviewed by Bored Panda and had this to say. “I asked Dan Harmon because I wanted advice from someone who suffers, but is not a professional,” @chojuroh wrote, according to Bored Panda. “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.”