Jim Carrey on Depression

I stumbled upon this video today, and the message is amazing. I would never have pegged Jim Carrey for a Buddhist, but his ideas are spot-on.

One of the absolute best things he says in the video:

People talk about depression all the time. The difference between depression and sadness is sadness is just from happenstance — whatever happened or didn’t happen for you, or grief, or whatever it is. Depression is your body saying f*ck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore, I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me.

You should think of the word “depressed” as “deep rest”. Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.

Jim Carrey

I don’t think I’ve ever heard depression described so easily and so succinctly.


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