Graham Sale

Graham Sale
Location
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Birthday
July 18
Title
Chief of Everything
Company
Me, Myself & I
Bio
Graham Sale's familiar artwork has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, and on licensed products worldwide. His cartoons appear in the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN. men in Hats appear every Saturday. Graham is a writer, author, cartoonist, illustrator, and manufacturer of the character, Boneless Chuck. A NYer by way of Los Angeles and now Memphis, TN. Wow!

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OCTOBER 12, 2010 7:42AM

Depression Sucks.

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Depression sucks. It is rooted in all sorts of circumstances, it is self-destructive, insidious and feeds on itself. It can take you out of the flow of life and leads to isolation and self-incrimination; often making you feel guilty about being unable to take action to get yourself out of the state - even if you know the logic of it. I dealt with depression for three years and although I was creatively prolific it wasn't until I went broke and got evicted and thrust into survival mode that I got out of it and moving again; that and generous help and support from others saved me. Never again.

Anyone dealing with it has my understanding and support. On the upside, you catch up on your sleep as well as daytime TV. 

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Writing and creating art are solitary endeavors and I approach them obsessively; this provides the perfect environment for depression to insinuate itself back into my life when I'm otherwise happy. So I need to make myself get up, get out and get moving. It's harder to hit a moving target.

* The  thing that really got me out of it was exercise and returning to good nutrition.  I've found that nothing beats my body's own endorphins to make me feel great.  Fitness and nutrition fixes the imbalances for me,  I'm fortunate in this respect. 

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I wonder how many people go through depression and not even know they have it. Great advice and cartoon.
Sad topic but great cartoon, really captures the feeling.
This cartoon says it all and I'm sharing. PS: I don't have any reason to hate you, Graham.
Graham, hope this isn't indicative of your current situation. MS is a hell of a downer after CA, so I wouldn't blame you. Sink or Swim works for some people. Some people just sink. Glad you aren't one of them.
No, I'm good now. I do, however live in the armpit of the south, racism and the civil war are barely over or so it seems. And the energy of the people is soooo low. Planning my next move.
Rated, Graham. I've battled depression for as long as I can remember. Certainly since I was a kid (maybe as early as the second grade? Can that be possible?). I'm fairly high functioning, but one look at my résumé and the story tells itself.

Great cartoon!
Graham, you'd fit right in here in Asheville.
I deal with it too. I noticed a tendency to nap to escape from it, but the inactivity just made the depression worse. It was a vicious circle.
You mean you will no longer watch "The View"....or the "Bonnie Hunt Show"....what a drag!
:)
xo
This is important work, Graham. r.
Thanks for this Graham.
Good reminder of a difficult illness.
Glad you are better.
Great cartoon. Been there repeatedly and sorry you had to go through it as well. And it does suck. Thankfully I'm in a better place right now but I'm always fearful of returning to that dark place. Here's to "Never Again" for both of us and to all others who have climbed out of the abyss.
Graham, as a fellow sufferer, and from the comments, it certainly appears we aren't alone, I would like to ask: How did you get out of it and get moving again? I have been on antidepression meds for quite a few years now -- I'm not sure I would have made it without them, but who knows. And Gerri -- The Dark Place is what I call it too. I never want to go back.

I love the cartoon -- it is still how I feel some days!!
Perfect cartoon, Graham. Glad you're back, bubba.
Great cartoon, message AND use of the word "convivial".
Been there. Still drop in for short visits. Not a fun place.
Yes, it does. I remember when I was on doctor #21 for my then-undiagnosed illness, he had the nerve to suggest I might be depressed. (Um, yeah, losing all your physical and mental faculties one by one, and then being told by doctors that it is all in your head, might do that to you). I replied, "I am, NOW." His prescription for prozac went unfilled. The suggestion that depression is somehow the sufferer's fault or an underlying cause of other, separate, problems simply adds insult to injury. Rated.
Good posting. The cartoon does indeed capture it.
Extremely well stated.
You have great insight and wisdom about an illness that effects millions. I'm so glad you're feeling better and have found things that work for you. Rated.
Letting people into your life is a good pill for Depression too. Until they break your heart. But there is always hope. R
Depression is like walking around with a four-bedroom house sitting on your head. The only good part is when you realize you have finally climbed your way out of it.

Lezlie
Thank you for the reminder about exercise as a combatant for depression. I have been feeling very down lately and struggling more than is usual for me to pull myself out of it. You've made me realise that I've stopped exercising and I know that when I do exercise, I feel much better. So .. a note to my trusty treadmill .... "We have a date tomorrow!!!"
Great post. Love your blog banner. Rated
That is utterly hilarious! A sense of humor is one of the best antidotes to depression.
Thanks for all the lovely comments, everyone.

As an FYI, the writing was a last second impulse while positing the cartoon, the actual motive behind this cartoon was to find a way to use the words "virulent" and "convivial" in the same sentence! I'd heard someone on Charlie Rose use the word "convivial" and thought,What a great and underused word, I need to work that into a cartoon somehow. And, Viola!
exercise absolutely; gets those endorphins flowing
Bravo to you for using the real therapies for depression, good food and physical activity! I love a good endorphin buzz! Among other potential buzzes, it rocks with the best...and lasts longer!
Thanks for sharing this important story. It is inspirational. Treadmill, treadmill, treadmill! R
Lots of wisdom here. You're right about needing to proactively ward off Depression once you know its scent. I run like hell in the opposite direction when I get a whiff, and all the good things, like forcing myself to be busy, get connected, and do something physical, certainly help. So do drugs if necessary. Whatever it takes to keep it at bay.
Hi, your post reminded me of an episode I experienced over several years too.

Apart from fitness and nutrition, meditation proved really instrumental (for me) in acquainting myself with what I was experiencing, which seemed totally unexplainable.

Thanks for the post.

Lachy.
Oh, I also found that during my darkest patches was when I became most active in a creative sense.

I also, developed an incredible sense of humor while experiencing the lows. Have you found that too? Strange hey?
Hey a depressing subject that actually lightens up ones own personal depression through a simple couple of statements.
Good cartoon, Graham. Thank you. I'm glad that you're doing a lot better these days. It sounds like you managed to pull yourself out of a dreadful abyss. It does take herculean strength, doesn't it? I find I have to catch myself often. It seems I am not alone. Thank you fellow open saloners for being out there. I'm very new to this community I stumbled upon completely by chance, and am so glad I found it.