When A Kickboxer Tweeted 'Depression Isn't Real', He Inadvertently Started An Important Conversation About Mental Health

He made a bold, baseless assertion, and Twitter wasn't having it.

On September 7, kickboxer Andrew Tate took to Twitter to share an unpopular and damaging opinion about mental health. In a 13-tweet thread, Tate began with the bold assertion that "depression isn't real." 

The athlete, with no mental health experience to speak of, added, "You feel sad, you move on. You will always be depressed if your life is depressing. Change it," before launching into the rest of the thread, which included the fallacy that depression is a "circumstance" and not a clinical disease, and erroneously blamed depressed people for their own feelings. 



As if all of that wasn't destructive enough, Tate went on to say he believes people use depression as an excuse to "justify their own failures." As for a cure for this thing he refuses to label a disease? That lies in "a better diet, exercise and a life purpose," according to Tate.

"Depression as its diagnosed doesn't exist," he continued.

In concluding his senseless and completely unsubstantiated rant, Tate challenged others to question his beliefs:

Not surprisingly, thousands took Tate up on his offer. Per Upworthy, Tate's critics include author J.K. Rowling (who's sparred with him on Twitter before) and comedian Patton Oswalt, who has been open about his own struggle with depression.

Tate's rant was littered with factual inaccuracies, but one of the most damaging points he made was the assertion that depression is not real. Many others also argued it's thought processes like Tate's that prevent people from seeking help when they need it.

According to the to the World Health Organization over 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression, making it a leading cause of disability. Multiple studies have shown just how depression impacts the brain, nullifying Tate's claim that the disease is made up.

And even though espousing thoughts like this can be detrimental to those in need of help, it's also important to note that society has made great strides in discussing and properly addressing mental illness. For example, destigmatizing mental illness has become a cause that's very important to the British Royal Family, and just last month Google unveiled a quiz that will help people determine if they should seek help for depression

As one naysayer told Tate, who has only doubled-down on his controversial stance in recent tweets,"It's just kinda pathetic you can't see beyond your own experience."



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