Doing a speech on the glorification/romanticization of Depression
Soo I’ve been searching up examples for my college speech class as I need articles and feedback on my persuasive speech which is to persuade people to STOP glorifying and/or romanticizing Depression. Problem is most of the examples come from where else, Tumblr. Literally search it up sooo many people consider tumblr to be the spawn of the glorifying of Depression. Which I can sort of agree with and sort of have my doubts on in some of their examples. Most articles believe those who post black and white pics with depressing quotes or pics of things such as suicide,self harm anything self hate related or tied into that group is created by teenagers who have no concept whatsoever of Depression and are just whining when really they have good life’s. However they have no proof of that so they’re kind of flawed in saying that, but at the same time there are people who make depression and other mental illnesses seem so dark and mysterious and most of the time the very depressing part of tumblr can be seen as the main source of the whole glorification and romanticism of Depression as well many other things like suicide and self harm which I can give examples for as I’ve seen real life examples. Like the whole “Scars are beautiful.” And the whole beautifully tragic type vibe they give off to make it seem like self harming means you’re a tortured soul who needs love to fix you or the whole tragic hero fighting to survive and struggling to keep their mental sanity. Some of this I can sort of understand,it’s not easy dealing with depression or self harm but the poems and pictures making it seem like love or friendship can just be the overall solution is improbable. Depression is a serious mental illness and needs to be handled with care, self harm as well. These poems describing what depression is like ” Drowning while everyone else around is breathing.” Hell some people can feel like that, everyone’s experience may differ, you don’t know unless you have Depression so you can not say that’s glorifying it. Yes it may sound dark and brooding but someone,somewhere may actually feel that way and have Depression, you don’t know so why judge. But I’m not trying To rant,I need specific examples that DON’T just come from tumblr,other media sources,articles,personal life examples, anything really. If you guys could help that would be lovely,I don’t want to have to change my topic to stopping the glorification of depression on tumblr,although interesting it’s not my goal.