‘This is a real thing’: Reddit community reacts to ‘depression crisis’
A Reddit community has responded to the news that people are taking to the internet to discuss depression and other mental health issues.
The news has sparked a heated debate online with many users sharing their experiences with depression and how they cope with the disease.
The AMA – or “Ask Me Anything” – subreddit was created on Thursday and it’s the first of its kind on the internet.
The subreddit was set up by users from the United States and was inspired by a Reddit post last year which claimed depression is “a real thing”.
“Depression is real,” one Reddit user posted on Wednesday.
“You feel like you are going crazy and you can’t get out of bed for a long time.”
Reddit users also have been sharing how they deal with depression, often posting their own personal experiences.
A Reddit user with the username “SethSebastian” said he had been diagnosed with depression but it has “never really taken hold in my life”.
“I have never felt as depressed as I do right now, I have been feeling a lot better,” he said.
“It’s been hard, but I’ve managed.”
Another user, who goes by “Sid” shared how his father, a musician, had recently passed away, “having been diagnosed for prostate cancer”.
He added: “I am feeling pretty depressed now, especially after hearing about the Reddit AMA.
It was so easy to share my own experience.
I am feeling really, really sad.”
The Reddit AMA has sparked an angry debate, with some users sharing how depressed they are, while others have shared their own experiences of depression.
One user called “Bud” said: “It feels like a real epidemic that has been going on for a while, the media is not reporting on the epidemic enough, and we have a huge amount of people with depression in the US.”
He added that he felt like his father would “have died from cancer if it weren’t for Reddit”.
A Reddit account holder who goes under the username Sipa posted that “the AMA was a real disaster”, and that he was “in disbelief”.
“The AMA was really just a bunch of trolls talking shit about depression,” he wrote.
“If I had known this would happen, I would have left a better subreddit.” “
One user said he was depressed for the first time, and that “depression is a huge problem that I have dealt with for years”. “
If I had known this would happen, I would have left a better subreddit.”
One user said he was depressed for the first time, and that “depression is a huge problem that I have dealt with for years”.
Another user named “Seb” said the AMA was “ridiculous”, and “sucks for the community”.
“You can’t really understand depression when you’re in a bad place, so I’m glad I’m in a better place now,” he added.
Reddit users who participated in the AMA have been vocal in their responses, with many commenting on how their experiences have changed.
“I’ve become depressed for a month and it hasn’t really taken off,” one user named Adam wrote.
He said he feels “fearless and hopeful”.
“It seems to me that depression is a condition that happens to a lot of people,” another user named James added.
Another user called Seth posted: “The depression epidemic in the United Kingdom is so large and prevalent.
I feel so bad for people in the UK.”
Many Reddit users have criticised Reddit for not providing information on depression, saying that the platform does not allow people to get support.
“When people say ‘I’m depressed, I need help’, they’re only giving advice, not providing help,” another Reddit user named Zoltan wrote.
Others have called for more information about depression and mental health.
Reddit has been criticised for its lack of information on the issue, with several users claiming that it doesn’t allow users to report problems.