Headline on one of the tabloids "TORTURED" a metaphor for how the Hollywood star felt. Not the 100s of thousands of people who actually are being tortured who we have no affinity for...after all they're not on the telly are they?
Not nicely put at all. Very badly put for a number of reasons.
1 Depression is a real illness. People can feel real pain. Just because it is a mental illness does not mean that it imaginary or is not really being felt. If a metaphor has been used it is because there is no easy way to convey how another person feels.
If you are complaining about the use of a metaphor I suggest it shows you do not know much about depression. It would be very easy to criticise most metaphors on the basis that they are not literally true.
Seeking to minimise the effect of depression on a human being is not useful.
Bos1 - we're a little fatigued by having celebrity woes forced upon us by the media. Sadly, collectively, we get what we ask for and the media are happy to serve it up.
I'm sad for Robin Williams and his family, but in the larger picture of what's going on in Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine, Liberia and dozens of other places around the world as I write this largely pointless piece, I don't really give much of a toss.