Hyperbole and a Half

*All images on this page credited to Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half is a hilarious blog by Allie Brosh. Throughout her blog she uses basic cartoons which she has drawn using paintbrush to talk about events that have happened in her life. It can be very funny and is well worth a read.

Brosh has also written a book titled ‘Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened.’ This book includes many of the comics from her blog as well as some new and revised ones.

Two of her more popular comics are ‘Adventures in Depression’ which can be read here, and ‘Depression Part Two’ which can be read here. There is good reason for these two posts to be popular. They are by far, the best description of what depression feels like that I have ever come across.

In ‘Adventures in Depression’ Brosh describes her onset of depression which started for no apparent reason. She just woke up feeling sad one day and couldn’t make the feelings stop. Those feelings then lead onto self hatred and loathing until eventually she just felt nothing at all. She states: “And finally – finally – after a lifetime of feelings and anxiety and more feelings, I didn’t have any feelings left.

In ‘Depression Part Two’ Brosh goes on to describe the difference between “not giving a fuck and not being able to give a fuck.” How everything felt the same which lead to boredom and loneliness.

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Brosh describes how people tried to help but were unable to because ultimately they did not understand the problem. They didn’t understand what depression was or how it works. Thoughts of suicide began and Brosh agreed to see a doctor. Feelings started to return but not all at once. She describes hatred being one of the first feelings to return, followed by crying.

For reasons not even understood by Brosh herself, finding a single piece of corn under the refrigerator leads to uncontrollable laughter, and that was the moment her depression started to tun around.

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