Among his comments were gems such as, “You will always be depressed if your life is depressing. Change it.” and “Most ‘depressed’ people are unhappy with their lives, too lazy to change it. That simple.”

He went on to suggest that allegedly depressed people claim to have a “disease” to absolve themselves of any responsibility. There was more, but I think you get the point.

Most of the Internet was outraged. The statistics speak for themselves. According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Almost 800,000 people die by suicide every year (that’s one person every 40 seconds). And of those who take their own lives, 50% have been diagnosed with major depression. Following Andrew Tate’s logic, people who resort to suicide are simply too lazy to take responsibility to change their lives.

It seems absurd, that in 2017, there are still people who don’t acknowledge mental illness as a legitimate disease, including many of Tate’s followers. And maybe he’s been kicked in the head one too many times (and, incidentally, there’s evidence that concussions can lead to depression), but there are still plenty of non-believers whose cerebrums are fully intact.

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