"I think there’s a common misconception that depression is about something or depression is sadness or some form of negativity. It can represent a sadness or a self-loathing, as the first half of my depression did. It sort of circled back on itself and made me dislike myself more because I was so sad and I didn’t know why and I felt like I needed a reason. … It took me a long time to figure out that something was broken on a fundamental level. There was no reason behind it; it was just the way things were."
Allie Brosh, author of Hyperbole And A Half.
Brosh’s interview on Fresh Air today was nothing short of amazing. For the love of ALL THE THINGS, listen to it.(via wburartery)
Allie Brosh of the blog Hyperbole and a Half speaks to Fresh Air tomorrow to talk about dogs, drawing, and depression.
Brosh explains the way she portrays herself in Paintbrush,
It’s me on the inside. That’s what I’m like when I view myself. I am this crude, absurd little thing, this squiggly little thing on the inside. So it’s more of a raw representation of what it feels like to be me.
images from Hyperbole and a Half
"[Depression is] like having a bunch of dead fish, but no one around you will acknowledge that the fish are dead. Instead, they offer to help you look for the fish or try to help you figure out why they disappeared.
The problem might not even have a solution. But you aren’t necessarily looking for solutions. You’re maybe just looking for someone to say “sorry about how dead your fish are” or “wow, those are super dead. I still like you, though."
What a sweet picture!
"I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’"