People don’t choose it
While I appreciate the accomplishments and altruistic contributions of the people featured on the front page of the High Profile section, I took offense to the caption below the picture of Mrs. Ginger Rae Johnson about her option of a book title: Depression Is a Choice.
Seriously, this woman can’t believe the millions who suffer from this illness, and those who already bear the stigma placed on them, would choose this illness.
Just a few weeks ago, you featured a young man who bravely shared the story of his depression and suicide attempt. How could anyone be cruel enough to believe that state of mind, a hell unto itself, is a choice?
I readily acknowledge that Mrs. Johnson’s life was not easy, and I celebrate her victory over those events. But I encourage her and those who share this glib attitude of mental illness to be considerate of those who suffer, not by choice! EMILY DAVIS North Little Rock