We found the most breathtakingly ignorant thing posted online this week.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Andrew Tate, he's a professional kickboxer. On the side, he's an amateur psychiatrist.
"Depression isn't real. You feel sad, you move on. You will always be depressed if your life is depressing." Change it, the light-heavyweight kickboxing world champion mused late Thursday evening. "There are very few fat lonely man, aged 60. With no money or family or hobbys. Who arnt [sic] depressed. – this is not a clinical disease."
"It is a circumstance which they must change. Most ‘depressed' people are unhappy with their lives, too lazy to change it. That simple," he added. "Then they pretend they caught some disease to absolve all responsibility. ITS NOT MY FAULT IM SAD. Yes it is."
It goes on like that for quite some time, devolving further into a soup of know-nothing, hollow machismo.
"People will do anything to absolve responsibilities. ITS NOT MY FAULT IM POOR/SAD/FAT/STUPID. Yes it is. So people defend depression. They get angry when I say this. Because they need this bullshit to justify their own failures," Tate tweeted.
He added, "By admitting I'm right, they need to work hard to make themselves happy. To avoid the work – argue with me and pretend depression is a thing. Sure. Natural to sometimes FEEL depressed. It doesn't make it a DISEASE. I feel hungry sometimes, then I change it."
This speech was much more entertaining when Tony Soprano gave it in his first session with his psychiatrist.
Then there was this gem from Tate: "How can you be too depressed to work when people in war zones arnt [sic]? With dead family all around them?"
What? Soldiers are pulled from combat zones all the time because they become too mentally distraught to function. They don't call it depression: They call it "shell shock," the "thousand-yard stare" and a host of other names. Read a book.
"Depression as it's diagnosed doesn't exist. Now come back and call me names and defend your safety crutch with all you have. Or accept fact and change your life. The choice is yours," Tate said. He then ended by straight-up conceding he has no idea what he's talking about, "I don't believe in depression. Never been depressed. Am very happy. This mindset has damaged me ZERO. Try it."
"18.8 million Americans are diagnosed with depression and 2/3 of suicide victims suffered from depression," Peterson noted.
We could go on, but you get the point.
Moral of the story: You wouldn't take kickboxing classes from a full-time shrink, so, too, should you disregard mental wellness advice from a guy who gets kicked in the head for a living.