There’s “being critical” and then there’s “attacking a person”. Surely you’d agree. For example, I’d put being called an idiot in the latter camp. …and that’s why I hid the comment.

I never claimed to have credentials and I wrote the article calling it an “exploration of an idea” — not labeling it as anything “scientifically proven”. Nobody needs credentials merely to discuss an idea.

I know you really hate the piece, but some others have clapped for it so I don’t see a reason to pull it. In addition, other people have talked about this premise before on the Internet — it’s not totally unheard of.

Please know that I only wrote it because I thought it might help some people but I knew going into it that a percentage would have the complete opposite opinion! Plus, it’s a sensitive topic so people can naturally react with anger. Frankly, that’s a risk I’m willing to take. (It’s very hard to be completely unoffensive to everyone short of saying nothing.)

I did include disclaimers that this idea really wasn’t applicable to those with severe depression. Thus, to claim I’m hurting those with MDD? I clearly stated it really did not apply.

Again, I apologize as you must have felt I maligned your personal experience which is always a fear of mine. People’s personal experiences are very important things! And so I don’t take that lightly — you have been on my mind today.

There is nothing more to say — as you have my apology, defense, explanation. So I’ll wish you a Merry Christmas because in all honesty, that is the least I can do :)

Lauren

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