Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary

Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary


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  1. Depression is very real some of the most funniest people are the most depressed because their making fun of themselves half the time and I hurts them secretly Shakespeare literally wrote a play about the very subject that you can act really happy in front of people but also be very sad and hate living

  2. This documentary has plunged me into a deep depression….thanks diwight….time to start binge watching deleted scenes from the office.

  3. Anyone else noticed that people with mental health issues use the words ( I, MY,ME ) in a ridiculously high number of times in a sentence.

  4. Some of these comedians are psychopathic. Psychoaths don't get depressed, but they use sob stories to appear human & gain sympathy.

  5. Thank you all (in the video, behind the scenes, and reading the comments) for all of this. Golly, the world can be really rough, but nothing gives me more strength and hope than feeling the humanity of those around who are also in the thick of it. Thank you all for being human, and thank you for being here.

  6. well the more I thought about it … everyone is depressed. its not about comedians are more depressed. so does musicians, actors etc. the more aware people are with mental health and ways of dealing it can be the only way to easing the pain that it does.

  7. It is misleading to just show a bunch of comedians dying in the beginning in a documentary about comedians and depression. Not all of these comedians died of self-inflicted or depression related causes. John Belushi was a drug addict, so one could make the case that that's related. Robin Williams was having other mental issues, according to his friend Bobcat Goldthwaite, related to a an onset of dementia. Sam Kinison died after a car accident unrelated to any mental state. It was just a car accident.

  8. I just looked up psychologists in my area. I've been putting this off for a year now, since I realised I needed help

  9. Thanks so much for this, it's almost like a lightbulb went off in my head reminding me that I too suffer from depression. It's easy to forget when you're stuck in your own mind often, it brought me out. Thank you

  10. Okay sooo I texted the number at the end of the video and it’s a crisis line.. I think there’s a difference between struggling and a crisis… anyhow the person gave up on me after I said wasn’t going to hurt myself and I didn’t know how to fix my issues

  11. This was beautifully done. It’s encouraging to see other people articulate the thoughts you’ve had. Thank you for making this.

  12. Comedians I don’t recognize? I love stand up and none of these second rate cheap on your budget “comedians” matter to me lmao.

  13. I'm a cynic on this topic. I don't think these folks are depressed, I think they're (clinical?) narcissists who relentlessly protect their egos by appealing to depression (a mysterious brain imbalance which can't be objectively shown via lab work), rather than change their selfish behavior. Do you really think these folks succeeded in life because they so desperately wanted to bring joy to others? Think about that, possibly the most selfish people in the world (in their need for constant attention) have convinced you (and themselves) that they're actually super selfless. Now that is genuine comedy. Look, all things are in a state of consuming or being consumed. If you leave the tiniest particle alone unrestrained, it will eventually pull all things into its orbit until its a sun. This isn't just true in physics, it's also true in biology. Cells are selfish and each human is a giant conglomeration of relentlessly selfish cells. Don't let celebs fool you. They consumed all the attention in their path towards fame. While you were just trying to make an honest living at some crappy 9 to 5, and holding back some of your thoughts/feelings/emotions out of politeness for others around you, celebs were monstrous beasts consuming and soaking up all the energy in every room they've been in. I'm not anti-celeb, but don't try to convince us your motives were for the sake of humanity.

  14. Do you wanna know how relatable this is? I'm only keeping myself alive to ensure my kid grows up to be more than a decent human being. I don't want a motherless child but living is basically slowly dying. Im out of words but I'm sure y'all know what I mean.

  15. I started crying at the end. This video is amazing. I understand why this was only 30 minutes but I would have loved it to be an hour or so to hear more from everyone. Thank you for this 💜

  16. It's interesting growing up loving and relating to comedy and not knowing why…..seeing the reality of the connection to my depression is really crazy.

    I also like this documentary because it shows money doesn't solve mental issues. Brennan and Wilson are millionaires, but no amount of money can fix mental issues quickly.

  17. I really related to the part where they say comedy is not the solution to depression oh, it's just a temporary high or a temporary savior. I can very much relate to that with my music career. Being on stage and Performing and writing music I thought would help get my depression out… It didn't oh, and the best thing I ever did was quit playing and move on to find my real self. It definitely wasn't extremely hard choice to make, and one that unfortunately I saw a lot of my fellow depressed musicians not make.

  18. Also anxiety and depression are hereditary — so like maybe think about that before you procreate?!.. just a thought.

  19. the only certainty i've come to realize in my life is that existence simply isn't for me. what the world expects of me socially, financially, socio-economically, and psychologically is something i'll never achieve.

  20. robin williams' depression was pretty evident in the roles he chose to play. good will hunting, dead poets society, patch adams… they were all very introspective, outsider roles about empathy and recognizing something more than what everybody else saw. those who don't have depression probably won't see it, but those who do will definitely see themselves in those characters.

  21. I've been having one of the most difficult months of my life, but watching this made me feel connected and a little bit better despite my struggles. I'm a recovering alcoholic who has been suffering with depression for a long time. Last week, I almost ran out into the middle of a busy highway to end it, but in realizing how hurt my loved ones would be, I stopped myself. This saved me and made me feel like I'm not alone in this.

  22. Stephen Fry has an excellent 2006 documentary about this. I strongly recommend those interested in this subject, take a look at it.

  23. This was lovely. SoulPancake is always so profound. I only wish you would have got Maria Bamford in on this, she could have really contributed. Beautiful, nonetheless.

  24. We need to keep talking about it, like Anna said sometimes all it takes is someone last effort trying to watch a video and that convinces them otherwise. It needs to become a regular topic in conversation, we need to bring attention without normalizing it. Seriously incredible work and I this was a such a beautiful film but oh man when Chris was talking about his dad….ohhh. I need to talk to mine.

  25. I've always been the outgoing and jokester of my friend groups and everything the comedians in this documentary said is incredibly relatable. For some reason, when you're the funny guy you incorrectly assume laughter and humor is the cure for everything and that you can't be sad or depressed; because you're such a fun whacky guy! You can't ruin that persona by being a downer.

    Definitely one of the best choicest in my life was to recognize that I was actually depressed and sought professional help. Really made me grow as a person emotionally and mentally. You can't hide everything away with humor and you need to embrace that melancholic side of yourself. Sometimes you have to be sad before you can be happy.

  26. @SoulPancake Bringing the truths. I met Wayne Brady when he was just out of high school. He'd been raised by his grandmother. I don't know the full story but I know he had gifts and go places if he went the course. He was a teacher for an improv class at SAK Comedy Lab on Saturday afternoons, something I looked forward to but never felt that I fit in. Nothing new there. I am a piece of a puzzle that I have no idea what picture I should be in. Must be buried under a magical place? To see and hear Wayne speaking about his struggles comes as a bit of a surprise. Perhaps the lack of the self medicating and/or he is sharing comedy, working off the energies of his fellow players that didn't make it so apparent. Humans are complicated. Thank you for this enlightenment.

  27. Do you know why I think people believe in God? because it gives them someone above them who can assure them, It will be okay. There will be a future and it will be alright. You don't need to be afraid of it. and so, they are less anxious. They believe in god and in a good future.

    What if not, what if there is no one above. Only people down here.

    The future is like a blank page. It is empty. Scary maybe. With no plan or goal or purpose.

    Do you know what artist do with blank pages? they look at it, think long and hard, what would they like to be there. Than they take a pencil, and draw some outlines, it is messy, and blurry. But when it looks like maybe that is what should be there. It is a plan. You can take a pen, and make the pencil lines to line art. And then, you take some colors, of your choosing and color it. There you go, the page is done, the project is finished. On to the next one. You got this. Gut Job.

    Or not. Maybe you messed up. Maybe it is not so good. No matter, there is the next page, try again. Or take the eraser and start again where you are now .. It is your book with blank pages, it is your life, your projects you are working on. You got this.

    Believe in yourself. Think of a picture you want to draw and go for it.

    anxiety is the fear of the future. the helplessness in influencing it. It is fake.

  28. That's… That video would have really helped me a few years ago. Thank you so much. 'Cause I still wonder what's the point of me, and… I don't know. All of you did something good with this, and I thank you. This will make a change in people's lives, I'm sure of it. I feel better just watching it. Thank you.

  29. When Sarah said, "There's alot of 'I love you' going on in the stand up community. I think it's kind of us going, Don't die. Don't die." That hit home. I'm an actress and we do that all the time in the performance realm. In every production I'm in, there is a sense of safety, community, and family. We say we love you because we genuinely do, but sometimes we say it to make sure you hear those words. We lost a cast member to suicide 2 years ago. Ever since, cast and crew make sure we tell someone once a day that we love them because we are so scared to lose someone else.

    "Tell someone you love them, because tomorrow isn't promised."

  30. Thank you so much for putting this out there and for sharing your stories. Sometimes you need a reminder of what depression can look/feel/sound like. And a reminder that you’re not alone. Thank you!!

  31. Bad parenting and not knowing God is the problem. Worshiping God helps regulate your emotions and a proper understanding of God is the antidote to cognitive dissonance, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.

  32. Due to some general insecurities around the subject of depression and deteriorating mental health, I was pretty dubious about watching this, for fear that knowing how others have suffered could make my suffering worse.

    I'm pleased to say I was wrong. My eyes have been opened to understanding, and watching this video has been both beneficial and relatable, particularly the pursuit of temporary highs only to come down to unbearable internal discomfort.

    The content of this documentary I can apply directly to my life: I'm encouraged to take the time to find the right help, and to create a safe space in which I can continue to heal.

    Thank you for the production of this documentary, thanks to all who've shared their experiences, and divulged the beneficial lessons they've learned. This video is truly inspiring, and gives me hope for brighter days.

    Thank you.

  33. There needs to be more content out there like this. It's scary to relate but I use humor in very similar ways. Neal is one profound soul, man.

  34. "I play Dwight so I'm supposed to be funny.
    I just don't feel very funny these days."

    I cannot emphasise enough just how much that feeling is shared by me.

  35. "… But I would have run through a wall…" as a parent of two currently depressed children and having just climbed out of a depression myself, that really opened the floodgates for me. Now that the snot has subsided.. Thank you for making this and posting it.. I think (and hope) having somebody take a stand for you like that is what can help and it is so hard to ask.. But it is even harder to try and do it alone.

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