Avengers: Endgame is one of the most expected films of the recent years, and with everything ending, giving closure to many storylines there is one thing that left most of the audience confused: Thor.
The shock is understandable; we have seen Thor grow from the arrogant heir to the throne of Asgard who had to learn a lesson in humility to a proud king who sacrificed his homeland in order to protect his people from ruin and destruction.
We have come to love the Norse god of thunder; many of us were expecting him fierce and vengeful, ready to take any opportunity to undo the mayhem created by Thanos’ snap. Instead, we are presented with a drunk, unbathed Thor who has isolated himself from his own people to the point he only gets out of the home to get his beer.
However, it is not the fact that he has gained a considerable amount of weight what makes us uncomfortable, it is not his unkempt beard, it’s not even the fact that he threatens a possible teenager over voice chat. No, it is the familiarity of the whole, because we all know someone, a family member or a friend or even ourselves, who had a very similar behavior or change. Suddenly the truth begins to set: Thor is in a deep depression after learning Thanos destroyed the Infinity Stones and there is no way to reverse the snap; and with this in mind we realize, our loved one is depressed too.
There has been a lot of backlash about Marvel’s poor handling of a difficult subject as mental health and overweight, but we have to give them credit for putting it out in the open, this has sparked more awareness about depression and PTSD than many other campaigns together, and we are grateful for it.
There are many misconceptions about depression; most of them related to people thinking that all is needed to overcome it is a strong will and exercise. While these are factors that may help, most of the time it is not enough, and this kind of comments, even tho they are given with good intentions, do more harm than good.
If you have read this far it means you want to be part of the solution, you want to help and that is an amazing first step. What you need now is to know how depression looks like, and let me tell you, it looks exactly like Thor.
Sometimes, the biggest tells are overlooked because when you look at them one at a time, it doesn’t look like a serious matter, but when you start noticing them as a whole the picture becomes a worrying one.
These are some of the more noticeable symptoms:
- Mood changes: Laughing one moment and feeling hopeless the next.
- Decreased appetite
- Inability to enjoy activities
- Constant fatigue
- Altered sleep patterns: Either sleeping all day or having insomnia every night.
- Noticeable weight changes
- Inability to stay focused
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Suicidal ideation
It is important to note we all have bad days, but when a bad day turns into a bad month or more, you need to pay attention to these symptoms and take action. Sometimes, even the smallest gesture of kindness or a “How are you doing?” can save a life from darkness.
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