Depression is a common illness but thankfully people are speaking up more and more about it which helps others overcome it and seek treatment. Depression can be caused by a number of different factors and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and decrease a persona’s desire and ability to function.
Depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance and can be devastating illness for those who suffer from it. It can lead to suicidal thoughts and prevent people from doing simple activities like grocery shop or even leave their house. It’s easy for people who suffer from depression to be stuck in a downward spiral that can lead them to taking their own life.
Sometimes it can only take some kind words, a motivational message, or a moment to notice someone suffering from depression to stop the spiral and get them back on their feet.
Recently, Ali, who suffers from depression and goes by the name u/0770059834333178 on Reddit messaged Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger, asking the actor to “get off my lazy ass and hit the gym”.
To Ali’s surprise, Schwarzenegger actually responded to his message by saying, “We all go through challenges, we all go through failure. Sometimes life is a workout. But the key thing is you get up. Just move a little.”
Ali, , who lives in Quebec in Canada, who was obviously surprised to receive a reply from the Governator, said that it motivated him to get out of bed and start working out.
The Austrian-American actor, who overcame man challenges and obstacles in his life to become the highest paid actor in the 90s, is no stranger to helping others. He is a huge supporter of after school programs and has encouraged others to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
He was elected as governor of California in 2003 as a Republican and lead many initiatives including forging bipartisan alliances with democrats even if they proved to be unpopular with his core supporters
Later, Arnold Schwarzenegger uploaded a video encouraging others like who were struggling like Ali to not give up on themselves.
A social media exchange between Arnold Schwarzenegger and a man suffering with depression has moved many online to share their stories.
The supportive social media exchange has been popular on Reddit, with screen grabs of the conversation receiving more than 70,000 upvotes.
Hopefully this interaction moves others who struggle with depression to share their own struggles with mental health.
"Obviously depression can't just be 'cured' that easily. In my case I needed a push to do the one thing which I know helps me when I'm feeling down."
Schwarzenegger said he was proud that Ali was "pumping up other people that have depression and encouraging them and giving them positive reinforcement. I love that.”
He signed off with his famous Terminator line: "Hasta la vista".