- Sep 20, 2009
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Leeds United
This is a tricky question with no right or wrong answer. Although I don't know anyone who has ever had depression and wanted that knowledge to be known to anyone let alone the media. Having had depression(still on anti depressants), knowing some people who have it, and talking with teenagers who have it, I am yet to meet one who want it exposed in anyway to anyone. It's a very private battle and as much as the public is becoming more aware of it, it's still an incredibly embarrassing feeling to know people are aware you have it. Of course this is only my experiences.Serious question and a general one rather than a comment on Beams who is in a very bad way by the sounds of it..........
Is the hypersensitivity surrounding mental health, public airing/ coming out and overall heightened 'awareness' actually making much of a difference?
From what I can tell the only real benefit (and a notable one) is removing some of the stigma and ridicule that may once have been directed at the sufferer. Im not sure it does any more than that to be completely honest. In fact it concerns me that it can almost spread (like a virus) across friendship groups and families. Was the old fashioned 'stiff upper lip/ keep your problems to yourself' actually all that bad for society as a whole?
Now don't hate on me all at once. Thoughts?
It's very very hard to tell if a player/celebrity has it or not. But unfortunately I have no doubt players and clubs use mental health (which can be a number of things, not necessarily depression) as an excuse for poor behaviour. I know Garry Lyon copped a whacking over his announcement he was suffering from depression after his indiscretion. To me I felt sick, because it should have been a separate thing entirely. Depression doesn't make you stick your d*** into your best friends wife. Depression generally makes you want to sleep and feel unmotivated to do anything. However he might have had depression, but it felt like he was using it as an excuse. And this is the problem. I think Buddy was the first player I remember using mental health to miss games of football. Might have even been a finals series. Yet the rumours going around was that he was missing for 'other reason's. I remember being excited somewhat as I had depression, and a famous sportsman was coming out saying he had it, but it quickly turned to disgust with the possible use of mental health being used to miss games when other reasons were the real reason. But who's to stay he didn't have anxiety issues etc? I'm sure every player has them to a degree. It's a tough question and the problem is more players will be diagnosed with depression in the future, and because it is not like a broken leg where the evidence is for everyone to see, people will be skeptical about those who genuinely have it, and those who don't yet use it as an excuse to miss games of football where really they are being suspended in some way or have 'other issues' that can't be released to the public.