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THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEPRESSION

Mental Health Humor Affirmations of the Depressed

Man: THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF Depression

1. Thou shalt Certainly not wait for you to tell me I’m depressed, before I get help.

2. Thou shalt Have to avoid cooking or using sharp objects.

3. Thou shalt Avoid coveting all your Facebook Friends.

4. Thou Shalt Shower at least once a week!

Title: Affirmations of the Depressed

A few years ago, I wrote my own 10 Commandments for bipolar disorder. I did this after reading someone else’s negative and distorted stigmatic list of commandments that degraded people living with bipolar disorder!

It wasn’t funny, so I figured I would add a little reality and balance to that list and wrote my own, posting it on one of my blogs back in 2007. I thought it was funny and a little educational. There have been many types of 10 Commandments lists for all sorts of things besides bipolar disorder. Since then, I’ve seen that list show up on a dozen or more websites and blogs.

Today I’m writing my own “10 Commandments of depression.”  This time I am adding an acrostic spelling of my name inside the list… Just to see a few years down the road who is actually using my original work or who has changed it around a bit.  It’s kind of a “human study” and a way to track where this Commandments list will go.

Feel free to copy and paste it to your website or blog!  Then 3 months from now, I will do a search to see where these Commandments have landed.

Currently if you search Google for the keyword phrase  “THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEPRESSION” you’ll see it has no results found for it. Now we can have a little fun, re-post the 10 Commandments at the end of your next blog post or someplace on your website. If you use THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEPRESSION on your site, I’ll find it once it gets indexed by Google.

Everybody that re-posts and links back to this blog post, I will add to my 2011 Cartoon-a-thon links page in May.

Here are my Affirmations of the Depressed:

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF Depression

1. Thou shalt Certainly not wait for you to tell I’m depressed, before I get help.

2. Thou shalt Have to avoid cooking or using sharp objects.

3. Thou shalt Avoid coveting all your Facebook Friends.

4.Thou shalt Try to stop carrying a bat waiting for people to tell me to SNAP OUT OF IT!

5. Thou shalt Only take medications and avoid  drinks with less than a 5% alcohol ratio.

6. Thou shalt Stop indulging my craving for chunky monkey ice cream.

7. Thou shalt Throw breakable items that only belong to me.

8. Thou shalt Elongate my normal speaking voice to make it sound more whiny.

9. Thou shalt Whether from the depression locked in my room!

10. Thou shalt Art-fully argue that not taking a shower for weeks on end is my way of helping the environment.

These are my 10 Commandments of depression! what are yours?


 

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THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEPRESSION

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2013). THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEPRESSION. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 18, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2011/02/the-10-commandments-of-depression/

 

Last updated: 3 Nov 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Nov 2013
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