On Playing With Your Pain

charlie chaplan“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.”

Those words fell out of the mouth of British comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplain and they frame an appropriate attitude toward depression or any mood disorder. Because if I’ve learned anything in my lifelong recovery from depression and anxiety, it is to laugh at my insanity, and to try like hell to befriend my illness as much as I despise it and curse it.

We who suffer from depression and anxiety are in good company of those who go to great lengths to laugh about their pain: Art Buchwald, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, and many many more folks that seem way too funny to be depressed.

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