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Rob Kardashian & Depression

bedroomwindow240“I’ve been the unhappiest person for about a year and a half.”

(Season 9: Rob Kardashian)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been on the air for years now. Whether you love them or hate them, most people have an opinion about them, and at the very least, know who they are. I will admit, I’ve watched some episodes and have witnessed Rob Kardashian (the youngest member of the family) undergo depression.

There was one particular episode when the Mom, Kris, spoke to Rob about getting help. She asked him to seek therapy, which he immediately rejected. He claimed there was nothing wrong with him yet, he spends his days sleeping, watching TV, and playing video games, while ordering junk food. From the beginning of the season to now, he managed to gain up to 60 pounds and has fallen off the family bandwagon. Over the arch of the series he went from being social to skipping out on family vacations, and refusing to share in the families daily activities but opting to be a recluse in his bedroom. The show manifests signs of chronic depression that, for the most part, gets avoided. Whether it’s the producers, or the family, the show turns the other way and tunes out the conversation, when there is a mental disease unfolding behind closed doors in the middle of what is supposed to be an open door reality television show. A show that reaches people all over the world.

In the series, he continues to live under the fog of depression, and it’s unfortunate cause not only has he not had ongoing professional help but, more disappointedly, the show has an opportunity to use the family as a springboard to have a discussion on mental health yet keeps it quiet. More so, the celebrity availability of the family and worldwide audience could be a great platform for a discussion on mental illness, specifically depression. Maybe they are ignorant to depression; what it means, how it’s stigmatized in our culture, cause if they did have some education on it, I would like to think they would take on this discussion, despite some stereotyping that goes on when depression enters a families circumstances.

It’s frustrating to know that there is an opportunity for the Kardashians to use their stardom to take on advocacy for mental health awareness, but don’t. Yes, people have a right to their mental health privacy but, when you allow a film crew into your house to document the ongoing of a family’s life, and leave out a member suffering from depression, it underscores how far we have not come to using the tool of reality television, coupled with the star power of such a family, to take this topic head on.

Come on Rob. Come on Kris. Come on the rest of you. Stop making money on your ass, your sex tapes, your fashion lines, your perfumes, your paparazzi pics and why not try featuring a storyline on Rob’s depression. A real storyline, a “reality” look into it. If you are willing to put yourself out there for the world to see, at the very least, can you think of a better opportunity to discuss depression; if you are even calling it that?

Do you have another name for it? Or, are there not enough Benjamin’s attached to it.

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Rob Kardashian & Depression



APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2015). Rob Kardashian & Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2019, from


Last updated: 22 Jan 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 22 Jan 2015
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