Deconstructing the Glamorization of Depression with @sosadtoday’s New Book

@sosadtoday – one of the most relatable, popular, and once anonymous tweeter’s has finally released a book featuring essays of more lengthy substance than the usual 140 character count that Twitter allows.

We’ve been told that what we put on the internet can never be erased, yet there is something therapeutic about putting our whole self and emotions out there for people to see and react to. It’s the feeling that someone is listening and relating to you during times that you want someone to listen, but don’t really want to talk or know who to turn to through a cycle of favorites and retweets. There’s even the conflicting consciousness that everything that’s being vented, maybe shouldn’t be, out of fear of looking crazy and complicated.

Melissa Broder, the author of @sosadtoday admits to loving the millions of favorites and retweets she receives but looks beyond it saying “@sosadtoday came from a place that is beyond sadness. A need to escape myself, for better or for worse.” In one sense her anonymity behind @sosadtoday allowed for this complete immersion in openness and truth, but with a name and face to the account a sense of humor and lightheartedness is blended with the harsh realities of depression and anxiety that backs the brains of many. This somehow makes the account and book more relatable than ever due to our underlying feeling of ridiculousness in our angsty emotions.

The So Sad Today book lays out the backstory fueling the Tweets we’ve become so akin to and let’s the reader know it’s OK to be sad and to let people know how you feel through the escape of text and tweets.

Follow @sosadtoday on Twitter and buy the book here.

 

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