Peo­ple don’t choose it

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

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

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