Runja von Ron writes about depression


Runja von Ron writes about depression

Ronja von Rönne as praise for the Alte Oper at the 29th screening of the Hessian Film and Cinema Awards.

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Depressive disorders are among the most common illnesses. However, the topic is still often taboo. A number of authors would like to change that – Ronja von Rönne among them.

BERLIN (AP) – When writer Runja von Ron checked herself in at a psychiatric clinic some time ago, she posted it on Instagram. Depression shouldn’t be a taboo, she says — and she’s not alone.

Awareness of mental health has been growing for some time, especially on social media. But not only there. A number of books on this topic have also been recently published. Now Runja von Ron has written about it too – her novel “Ende insicht” will be published on Wednesday.

tragic story

Many recent publications on depression or anxiety disorders are autobiographical and non-fiction. Think influencers Kathy Hummels, Fabian Nessl or Kurt Krumer, who will be publishing a book about it in March. But Runja von Ron’s novel is fictional. “I didn’t write this book – even if it was about depression – because of depression, but despite being depressed,” the 29-year-old who lives in Berlin recently told NDR. “.

An End in Sight is a tragic comedy about two women who want to end their lives. Who happened to meet each other and realize that somehow there is still a lot of life in them (but this does not mean that everything in this story is going well).

The 69-year-old was a famous pop singer who was making her way to Switzerland to seek euthanasia. On the highway, someone fell on the hood of the car – 15-year-old Julie, who tried to throw herself off a bridge but is now slightly injured. Hila takes Jolie with her, and begins an unplanned road trip.

Laconic narrative tone

Ronja von Rönne’s book is entertaining, often reads like a screenplay and could be a perfect fit for school reading. Stylistically, she might have been too clever at one point or another, but the succinct narrative tone is certainly helpful for the difficult subject.

For example, the narrator writes about anxiety disorders: “Since one’s species did not pay attention during evolution for a moment, it did not inadvertently evolve into a highly gifted ape, but into an insecure human being: a somewhat bald mammal, which, unlike Ancestors, he was really bad at climbing, but he was very good at being afraid of everything, even things that didn’t exist yet and might never happen.”

Rönne has been trained to get to the heart of things (as author, journalist, and curator). For example in “Zeit” that you write about regularly. She recently advocated in the weekly that depression not be romanticized as a technical prerequisite.

Time and time again you deal with illness in public. She wrote of her feelings in Zeit: “I’m lying in bed because everything else is impossible, the room is dark. There’s no TV, I don’t read a book. I’m staring at the ceiling and my main occupation is hoping it will eventually stop.”

It’s still a taboo topic

The Federal Ministry of Health reports that “depressive disorders are among the most common and most underestimated in severity”. It is estimated that 16 to 20 out of every 100 people will experience depression or chronic depressive mood at least once in their life.

However, we are not talking about mental illness naturally as we are talking about physical ailments. Most people will find it easier to call their employer sick because of the flu than because of depression.

Authors such as Ronja von Rönne contribute to the fact that this could change. At least for the younger generation, psychiatrist and psychotherapist Hendrik Schmidt, who advises children, adolescents and young psychologically on the project, is confident of this.

In an NDR talk titled “Deep und Klar” she said: “I think it’s actually the case that you see a more open approach in the younger generation now, with the subject in general, and anyway this stigma and stereotypes (…) are broken.”

Ronja von Rönne: The End in Sight, dtv literature, 256 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-28291-8

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