Re: Depression, Harrassment, etc. (WAS: RE: What a predicament!)

Subject: Re: Depression, Harrassment, etc. (WAS: RE: What a predicament!)
From: surfer924 -at- ameritech -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 18:34:54

<<....I find *that* depressing. Our society shouldn't be so wimpy...
....Spend your month doing volunteer work with the physically/mentally
handicapped. You'll learn what a disability really is.....>>

It's easy for someone who has never had to deal with depression to
characterize it as something less than a "real" disability. Having dealt
with chronic depression for 5+ years I know better. Dealing with a
condition that makes the most simple and routine tasks seem like a
herculean effort while enduring the scorn and ridicule of those too
ignorant or uncaring to recognize someone with a disability is hardly
wimpy. I've never heard someone tell a paraplegic to get his lazy butt out
of bed and quit feeling sorry for himself, nor have I ever seen mentally
retarded person being told to "snap out of it." I suppose compassion is
reserved for those with disabilities that can be seen.









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