Today on Twitter I was accused of "gossiping" because I publicly refuted the public advice of a blogger who wrote that the "chains of self-absorption" keep people from being healed of depression . It was suggested to me that instead of "berating" and "tweeting out anger," I should write some of my own posts about depression.
I always enjoy being bossed around by people who don't know me and have never read my blog, so here is a(nother) post about depression.
A Few Handy Tips For Writing About Depression:
#1. If you don't struggle with depression and if you're not a medical doctor, maybe you shouldn't dole out advice about depression.
#2. If you can't handle public disagreement of your opinions, maybe you shouldn't post your opinions publicly.
#3. Just because you say something in a nice, perky manner does not mean it's the truth. It's quite possible to speak the ignorance in love.
#4. If you condone patronizing ignorance on your site, you will be perceived as patronizing.
#5. If you've never read my blog, maybe don't suggest I write some posts about depression.
#6. If you don't follow me on Twitter, don't tell me how to tweet.
#7. Unless you are my children, you are not the boss of me.
#8. You don't have the final word on Scriptural interpretation. Neither do I. So, let's chill on the exegesis.
#9. Cherry picking verses out of context does not bolster your opinion.
#10. Giving people false hope that if they just do x, y or z then they, too, can be cured of their depression is actually pretty irresponsible advice. You would know this if you actually struggled with depression. Or were a doctor.
#11. If you don't know your subject matter, don't preach it. This is why, for example, I don't preach math.
#12. Gossip is not the same as sarcasm. Publicly refuting a public opinion does not qualify as gossip.
#13. An apology says: I'm sorry. Period. It doesn't follow that up with more "suggestions" and/or baiting questions.
#13. And on an unrelated but HUGELY important note: Mint Milanos totally kick Oreos' butt any day.
#14. Oh, wait. I used #13 twice. See? No math skillz.
#15. Last but not least: KNOW WHAT YOU SUCK AT.
#16. Try to keep quiet about it.
#17. I suck at #15 & #16.