Get Out: Depression and Reality of the Sunken Place
Get Out has been out for a minute now. So technically, this shouldn’t be considered a spoiler. One of the most discussed and intense scenes is when Chris unwillingly sinks into the floor. Once he falls into a dark and bottomless hole where he can no longer be seen or heard from by anyone, the hypnotist informs him that he is in the “sunken place.” Characters throughout the storyline function from the sunken place: their body image doesn’t change. They look to be the same despite their imprisonment.
I’ve heard many people respond to the scene in the movie with the phrase “that’s crazy!” What's crazier is the countless people with depression so severe that they're actively in the sunken place. It’s difficult for others around them to know because they look the same outwardly. Some function in work environments as they always have, post selfies and vids regularly, dress to the tee for church services, or provide for families all while their emotional health is in shambles. And then there are others with stents of Depression so crippling that they’ve become numb, over or underweight, unhappy, and unmotivated. It’s misfortunate that Depression has such a negative connotation. Perhaps people would be more willing to seek help if they didn’t fear the negative associations that come with it. Some who've become entrapped don’t know how to get out.
The sunken place can be a very lonely and frightening place. It’s nothing that a trapped person can simply climb out of. We’ve seen 2 celebrity suicides within the course of a week. Money or any other form of resources are insufficient to address the root of misery. Just as we may look at others and assume their lives are foolproof, we do the same to those closest to us. If you’ve noticed a loved one that doesn’t seem like themselves, check on them. If you know someone who’s lost their mojo or has been sad for an extensive amount of time, look further into the situation. It’s worth the effort. If you’ve been feeling unmotivated, numb, irritated, discombobulated, or simply different than you’ve known yourself to be, reach out for help.
We’re in this together.
Grace and peace,