Sunday 22 October 2017

Chorus of ignorance on depression

Marian Keyes's brave admission of her condition has prompted ill-informed comments, says an enraged Carol Hunt

SADLY, some things never change, so I shouldn't have been surprised last week at the comments by certain Irish journalists about author Marian Keyes' admission that she is in the midst of a "crippling depression". But I was. I was not just surprised, but also spitting mad at the unbelievable ignorance and cruelty that could produce such dreadful journalism.

"I'm sorry Marian Keyes is suffering depression, but can't she do it in silence?" asked Mary Carr in the Irish Daily Mail. If I hadn't seen the headline with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.

Just imagine writing that about someone with cancer, cystic fibrosis or severe diabetes. Why should "crippling depression" be any different? What is it that makes people sneer and deride a person's honest attempt to articulate a severe illness?

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