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This "Rick and Morty" co-creator's advice for battling depression is a must-read

"Feelings are real, but they aren’t reality," Dan Harmon tweeted. Couldn't have said it better ourselves


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Jennie Neufeld
December 1, 2017 9:21PM (UTC)

The animated television show “Rick and Morty” is equal parts existential dread and bathroom humor. The series' hilarious and madcap, yet oddly depressing and nihilistic, approach to the adventures of a drunken, sociopathic scientist and his dorky grandson is part of what has made it as unique as it is popular in the realm of adult cartoons.

But that isn’t to say co-creator Dan Harmon — also the mind behind "Community" — is encouraging viewers to dive into sadness and give up on life. Actually, quite the opposite.

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When a Twitter user approached him asking for advice on dealing with depression, Harmon offered a genuinely thoughtful response.

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Harmon advised the user to “admit and accept that it’s happening,” reminded them that "feelings are real, but they aren’t reality,” and that, in the end, “output is magical,” whether that be sketching out your feelings or burning a piece a paper inscribed with dark thoughts to a crisp.

Many thanked Harmon for his useful, sympathetic response.

Nevertheless, Harmon being Harmon, he ended on a characteristically cynical note.

Well there you go, then.


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