Health Ministry Says Eat Fruits & Think Positive To Cope With Depression, Twitter Schools Them

Anyone who has experienced depression knows the constant fear you live with. That nagging emptiness, the lack of will to do even the most basic of tasks, the inability to get out of bed on most days. It’s unbelievably tiring to be constantly at odds with the want to be productive and the pull that says “not now” or “you can’t do it”. What’s even more infuriating is the helplessness you feel when trying to explain what you are experiencing, not just to others but even to yourself.

Depression is not something that can be gotten rid of by just smiling or thinking happy thoughts. It’s a lot more complex than that and requires professional help. But what do you do, when the so-called professionals themselves propagate false information about an already misunderstood illness such as this?

The Ministry of Health tweeted out an infographic detailing different ways to cope with depression:

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“Depression is a state of low mood that affects a person’s thought, behaviour, feeling & state of well being,” they say. Some of the activities listed to keep oneself “boosted”, include thinking positive, staying clean, eating fruits, taking multi-vitamins, being creative etc.

Many on Twitter, including medical professionals with knowledge on this topic, have spoken out about the inefficiency of the controversial tweet:

1. They left out the most important thing that can help someone dealing with depression.

2. This poster is doing more harm than good.

3. Depression. Is. Not. A. Low. Mood.

4. Not helping, Ministry Of Health.

5. Please.

6. Sadly true.

7. One can’t just “think” their depression away. Trust me, many have tried.

8. *Facepalm*

9. Depressed person: Why didn’t you just say so, earlier?

10. We hope you’re listening, Ministry Of Health.

11. It is a matter of life and death.

12. Stop spreading false information.

13. Who even approves these?

14. Basically.

15. Please seek professional help.

16. This thread pretty much sums up everything that’s wrong with this tweet.

This is not the first time that the Ministry Of Health has missed the point. Just a couple of months back, they had tweeted a similar infographic chalking up food items like poultry and eggs as unhealthy food choices that make you fat. Though they had later deleted the tweet following a similar backlash, this behaviour shows a pattern. A pattern that does more harm than good.