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Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary

Developed in partnership with Funny Or Die, Laughing Matters, is a 30-minute documentary that brings comedians together for an honest look and real conversations about comedy + mental health because when the cost of bringing others joy is your own joy…the cost is too high.

If you’re struggling, text HELLO to 741741 or call 1-800-273-8255


a SoulPancake production
in association with Funny Or Die
and Alpen Pictures

Director: Mike Bernstein
Editor & Producer: Georgia Koch
Producer: Christian Heuer

Associate Producer: William Orozco-Cubbon
Associate Producer: Natasha Wynnyk
Cinematographer: Yuki Noguchi

Production Designer: Michelle Hall
Sound Designer: Matthew Schwartz
Colorist: Kinan Chabani
Gaffer: Adrian Sierkowski
Sound Mixer: Christopher Heck
Sound Mixer: Peter Orlanski
Make Up: Adina Sullivan
Make Up: Julie Morgan
Make Up: Melanie Adams
Make Up: Taylor Tompkins
Make Up: Megan Nicoll
1st AC: Matthew Manning
1st AC: Jeanne Kim
1st AC: Helen Floersh

Special Thanks: Nina Freudenberger, Eduard Monteagudo, Derek Fullagar

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  1. Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people, Christians and non-Christians alike. Those suffering from depression can experience intense feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. They may begin to feel useless and even suicidal, losing interest in things and people that they once enjoyed. Depression is often triggered by life circumstances, such as a loss of job, death of a loved one, divorce, or psychological problems such as abuse or low self-esteem.

    The Bible tells us to be filled with joy and praise (Philippians 4:4; Romans 15:11), so God apparently intends for us all to live joyful lives. This is not easy for someone suffering from situational depression, but it can be remedied through God’s gifts of prayer, Bible study and application, support groups, fellowship among believers, confession, forgiveness, and counseling. We must make the conscious effort to not be absorbed in ourselves, but to turn our efforts outward. Feelings of depression can often be solved when those suffering with depression move the focus from themselves to Christ and others.

    Clinical depression is a physical condition that must be diagnosed by a physician. It may not be caused by unfortunate life circumstances, nor can the symptoms be alleviated by one’s own will. Contrary to what some in the Christian community believe, clinical depression is not always caused by sin. Depression can sometimes be caused by a physical disorder that needs to be treated with medication and/or counseling. Of course, God is able to cure any disease or disorder. However, in some cases, seeing a doctor for depression is no different than seeing a doctor for an injury.

    There are some things that those who suffer from depression can do to alleviate their anxiety. They should make sure that they are staying in the Word, even when they do not feel like it. Emotions can lead us astray, but God’s Word stands firm and unchanging. We must maintain strong faith in God and hold even more tightly to Him when we undergo trials and temptations. The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations into our lives that are too much for us to handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Although being depressed is not a sin, one is still accountable for the response to the affliction, including getting the professional help that is needed. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).

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  2. The worst thing about depression is that life doesn't allow you to retreat. You still have to survive, put food in your belly, and a roof over your head. The work life never stops, even though you literally don't have the mental/physical energy to do it. This autopilot mode of living miserable.

  3. i watch this at least once every month or so

  4. This was amazing. Thank you.

  5. much love to everyone who helped make and participated in this video <3 powerful stuff!

  6. #hilarapy writing comedy about my difficult lived experience has changed my life. Love this video 🥰😘😍 comedy brings connection and sameness. If you are struggling, this too shall pass. Comedy helps me articulate from the shadows xx love to all 😘😘😘🥰 comedy plus therapy works 😘

  7. i think a lot of us needed to watch this documentary. And a lot more need to see this. We all just assume the funniest one is the happiest one because they're always laughing and uplifting, but we don't realise it's a coping mechanism for the lot of them.

  8. I loved everything about this

  9. As someone living with major anxiety and depression, I feel for everyone in the comments. Here’s to another day my friends. Stay alive.

  10. I don't know if anyone will see this, but I am the most scared that my depression is being passed down… that it was partly inherited due to being around a family member that was the same… and that my two children will have/has/have some of the same issues… anyone worried about the same?
    I think my depression comes in goes in peaks, valleys, hills, I don't know… never medicated for this so unsure what I can do.

  11. I can definitely relate. I’ve used humor for acceptance and food to mask depression. Oh well. Come check out my vids! Lol

  12. GUYS share the background music please! Or maybe anyone from the comments know?

  13. Thank you for this. I can hang on a little longer now.

  14. Depression is a very real condition. It’s so misunderstood. It’s bio genetic. It’s fueled by anxiety.

  15. SO powerful 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  16. We NEED more of this! Yes, it's an emergency

  17. Im a comedian, my life’s a joke.

  18. Not all comedians became that to fit in or for respect, depression, protection etc. Some just like the craft. I love it because it's based on truth. It's about making fun of reality

  19. This video actually helped me to reach out for help!

  20. Thank you for publicly sharing such private moments, there is comfort in knowing we are not the only one going through it.

  21. It's literally like having any other sickness. It is chemicals in your brain and other parts of the body that don't work like you'd like them to. Without proper care, you could be unable to perform in society. Comedians might as well be joking about their epilepsy. I hope for a day when it is talked about and understood that well. All you have to do is be like, "yeah, feeling a bit mixed episodey today. Best to leave me to my headphones", people be like, "oh snap, that's what's up, just let me know if you need anything." Done. No backstory, no "it's actually cuz of the ptsd, the bi polar just doesn't help at all", blah blah blah. These illnesses are physical problems in the brain. You would'nt tell a diabetic they are fine and just push through on your own! Your mind can be as strong as any other ever could be, but the brain may not brain right. People can just end up looking at you like a cancer patient that probably kills kids when you communicate yourself about what you got going on. On that note, Pete Davidson(oh!) is like a living experiment in mental health transparency. He is so straight with folks, and has the nation's attention, it's really awesome. I feel like people are a little too low key about how awesome he is for being so candid to such a large audience. It is a watershed moment as far as I'm concerned. I have a hard enough time telling my handful of coworkers. But Pete and other public figures, like on this doc can, and are making a big difference. Putting the topic out there. Like it was said in the video, our parents generation associate mental illness with creeps, the boogie man, and archaic torture if you spoke up about feeling "off". We are just people. Luckily with treatment most people are able to live normal enough lives. I think that is what society at large needs to better understand about mental illness the most. Thank you for the documentary guys!

  22. thanks to all who put this together <3

  23. god, i cried so much watching this

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