Some trends are great, others just piss me off.

The latest term that is clogging up social media feeds lately is "depression nap." What's a depression nap?

According to the internet, it's when you take a long nap so that you don't have to feel unwanted emotions or symptoms of actual depression. For the 'net, it can be for when you feel bad after a breakup, or if your team loses a football baseball game.

But it's actually not a healthy way to cope with the crap of life.

You can't sleep away depression, this from the University of Pittsburgh's assistant professor of psychiatry Adrianne Soehner. She says that the occasional nap is fine if you're mentally healthy, but if you suffer from depression (especially if you've been diagnosed by a medical professional) it can be of concern.


Like drinking or drugs, "depression naps" can become a defense mechanism. In other words, it can be used as a crutch to avoid feelings of depression. Soehner says that it's much better to "...practice healthy coping skills that combat depression."

So if you're tired, take a nap. If you're depressed, try to work on coping skills. It's not easy, but there's a few websites to get you started.

And if you're in a really bad place, do NOT hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.



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