Spongebob Squarepants actually taught us what it’s like to suffer from depression

Gelo Lasin

Spongebob creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away today at age 57 due to ALS.


And while the rest of the world gave tribute to the late American animator by reminiscing about their fave moments, jokes, and memes from the iconic cartoon, some shared that the show actually gave them a deeper understanding of what it’s like to suffer from depression, via Bikini Bottom’ local grump: Squidward.


Twitter user Clarkisha Kent shared her story:


Like most of us, Clarkisha didn’t know about the show’s underlying themes as it came out when she was still young.


It wasn’t until she experienced depression herself when she realized that Squidward was basically a summary of the mental illnesses’ symptoms.


More than just an entertaining children’s show, Spongebob Squarepants was low-key an insight on, not only depression, but also on current social issues, such as the LGBT community and labor conditions – all masked under a silly and joke-heavy facade.

All of this is due to Stephen Hillenburg’s undeniable brilliance.


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