… In retrospect, probably qualifies as a mixed message when you bounce into the University Counselling Center, grin at the receptionist, and brightly say, “Hi! I’m going to Kenya this fall! I have clinical depression, though, so I need to talk to a counsellor about coping strategies, okay?” Agreeing to ‘anytime this week,’ sitting down and snickering at a Terry Pratchett book while they check their schedule, and then waving happily and saying “Have a good day! See you tomorrow!” only cloud the issue further.
It’s like having Sunny the Care Bear walk into your office and say, “Hi! I live in a rainbow world of clouds! Sometimes I have bad thoughts of everlasting misery and the finality of death! Are those lollipops for anybody?”