October 21, 2020

How to Laugh at Depression, With Humorist John Moe

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Today, were finding the humor in our woes with help from John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. John helps us understand what is amusing– and in some cases even excellent– about anxiety, how we can recognize depression within ourselves and others and what to do about it when we find ourselves having a hard time. Johns newest book, The Hilarious World of Depression, is out now.

Highlights from todays episode

From the John Moe Interview
On the value of surpassing the preconception of the word “depression” and other mental disorders:
You can use medical terms or you can utilize like nation music or blues music terms, like its all explaining the exact same thing. If its hindering your life as a human being, whats taking place in your mind, then thats a psychological condition. And if individuals can get past the image of the social image of a psychological disorder, indicating that youre in a straight coat and you think youre Napoleon, then we can take care of a lot of those things.

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On how we can distinguish in between depression and a passing state of mind:
I think thats the big misconception, is that you may be sad when something occurs, but that does not imply youre unhealthy. It indicates youre healthy because you understand, youre not depressed. If your group lost the World Series, thats thats how one would feel like here. Youre having an average emotional life. But its when youre sad out of no place for no factor or in my case, like Ive never been Ive never ever had the sort of cliche depression, like you say, you understand, cover the windows and listen to the Smiths. I dont even like the Smiths. So for me, it constantly was available in the form of agitation or anger or a lot of these other things. So I thought, well, it cant be anxiety because Im not like that. Thats the mood. The condition is everything has actually been muted and diminished. And your capacity for dealing with it has been ratcheted down like its its more of like a sort of a universal fader kind of thing.

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On the value of getting help, whether you think you have an issue:
[T] he huge thing for me is just to listen to listen to your mind in the very same method that you listen to your body. And regrettably, people with who truly do have anxiety, thats a taller order because you do not worth yourself enough to get that inspected out … As you know, from checking out the book, my sibling passed away by suicide after a lifelong depression that he felt he should have. You understand, he felt that he wasnt worthy of treatment since thats thats the wicked trick that it plays on you. So my message is just go get it took a look at. And if they state no, youre simply a little bummed out. What fantastic news. And if they state no, youve got a persistent mental disorder, heres a way to treat it. What wonderful news.

Episode Transcript

John helps us comprehend what is amusing– and sometimes even good– about depression, how we can recognize anxiety within ourselves and others and what to do about it when we discover ourselves having a hard time. Johns most current book, The Hilarious World of Depression, is out now.

Its when youre sad out of nowhere for no factor or in my case, like Ive never ever been Ive never ever had the kind of cliche depression, like you state, you know, cover the windows and listen to the Smiths. I thought, well, it cant be depression because Im not like that. And regrettably, people with who truly do have depression, thats a taller order because you dont value yourself enough to get that examined out … As you know, from reading the book, my brother died by suicide after a lifelong anxiety that he felt he deserved.