I’m Depressed, Not Dangerous

Therese J. Borchard

Just-Because-Im-Depressed-Does-Not-Mean-Im-Violent-722x406Every time there is a tragedy like the Germanwings crash in which the murderer is suspected of (or is documented with) mental problems, my job as a health advocate who tries to educate the public about the complexity of mood disorders gets much, much harder. Why? Because the connection of depression and/or suicidal thoughts is once again made with violence. So all the progress that we, as a society, have made in trying to understand an invisible illness is lost. Once again, the ten percent of Americans who take antidepressants become dangerous.

The wall gets higher.

Between those who can handle their emotions.

And the “cray-crays” who may go postal at any moment.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot responsible for the Germanwings crash who had received treatments for suicidal tendencies before getting his pilot license, is merely the most recent poster boy for depression and all disorders that fall under…

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