Hmm. Alongside my immense sadness at the German Wings tragedy, I am anxious that depression does not become demonised due to the diagnosis of the co-pilot. Lots of people suffer from this illness – but this doesn’t make them mass-murderers.
What it does (sometimes) make them is anxious,bad decision-makers, but this incident does not look like a decision made in a moment of confusion. This seems more like a terrible decision made with the utmost cold-blooded calmness, the reason for which we may never discover.
Whatever the reason it is an event too terrible for us to understand, but if you know someone who suffers from depression, please send them a hug tonight. They may just need it. Sleep well. x