Tim Squirrell is a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research focusses on construction and negotiation of authority and expertise on the internet, with a focus on fitness and nutrition communities.

New Video: How I recovered from depression

New Video: How I recovered from depression

Yesterday I took what I hope will be my last dose of antidepressants ever. It may well not be, and that’s ok, but for now it’s so long and thanks for all the serotonin, SSRIs, because I don’t need you anymore.

I would normally write a blog post about this kind of thing, but I’ve bee thinking about branching out into video recently, and so I’m trying something a bit different. Here’s a video about the things that helped me recover from depression, as well as an argument about the state of our discussions of mental health. Specifically, I try to articulate the idea that in our attempts to validate mental illness as something “real”, we’ve made something of a devil’s bargain. We’ve utilised the narrative that “real” = “disease” = “immutable”, or something that can’t be changed and is out of your control. The reality is that in many instances you may have limited control over your mental health, but it’s unlikely that there is nothing you can do other than take medication and hope. Consequently, I think there’s a lot of habit formation work that can be done and that people miss out on, and that’s a sad and important loss.

As with nearly all of the decent ideas I have, this was something I came to after a large amount of discussion with my partner, who very much had the idea concrete in her mind before I did.

I hope you enjoy it - please, as they say on YouTube, like/subscribe/comment if you are so inclined.

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