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->'''Chel:''' Dad, what do you think the meaning of life is?\\
'''Diego:''' There is no meaning. Nothing good lasts. Dreams die, the people you love leave. You end your life sad and alone. Everything is just dust in the wind.\\
''[[BeatPanel [beat panel]]]''\\
'''Chel:''' I donít know why I ask you questions when your answers are always so soul-crushing.\\
'''Diego:''' Would you rather I lie to you?
-->-- [[ On the Meaning of Life (Again)]]

''[[ Because Iím Depressed]]'' is a BlackComedy webcomic by R. Eugene Ryan that has been running since 2013. It centers around Diego Rivera, a clinically depressed, chain-smoking, alcoholic widower trying to raise his daughter Chel, with the assistance of his somewhat less-dysfunctional roommates, Eve and Ben.

While there is continuity, the strip is primarily gag-a-day with the occasional short story arc.

!!''Because I'm Depressed'' provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Though he's not physically abusive, Diego can be unkind or neglectful towards his daughter.
** Diego himself has nothing positive to say about his own upbringing.
* AccidentalUnfortunateGesture: [[ In one strip]] Diego made what looked like a Nazi salute while hailing a cab... while wearing a shirt emblazoned with [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle a Hindu swastika.]]
* AdoringThePests: [[ Ben's attempt to adopt an opossum.]]
* AlcoholicParent: Diego.
* TheAllegedCar: Ben's beater.
-->'''Eve:''' Why is there no ''steering wheel? How did you drive this home!?''
* ArtEvolution: Very noticeable in the long run. The earliest strips were black-and-white and drawn in [=MS=] Paint, while recent ones are more detailed and have color and shading.
* BlindingBangs: Ben.
* TheBully: In elementary school a bully steals Chel's backpack and threatens to beat her up.
** Happens again to Chel in middle school, though this time it's multiple girls picking on her [[TomboyAngst for not dressing or acting feminine enough.]]
* BungledSuicide: Diego's frequent attempts to end his life end either in this or with him getting cold feet.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Diego and Ada became friends in the fourth grade and [[HighSchoolSweethearts started dating in high school]] before getting married.
* CoolShades: Faisal wears these all the time. Even indoors. [[SunglassesAtNight Even at night.]]
* CreepyShadowedUndereyes: Diego's eyes are always ringed by dark circles.
* DelinquentHair: Eve's frequently-changing hairdos.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: [[ Diego accidentally does this to Chel,]] resulting in a black eye that [=CPS=] mistakes for an intentional injury.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Despite the comic overall being fairly grounded in reality and having a strong continuity, a couple of early strips feature Diego successfully killing himself and Eve apparently [[ItMakesSenseInContext murdering someone so she could sell his blood.]]
* FlippingTheTable: Diego ends a tabletop [=RPG=] campaign this way after one CriticalFailure too many.
* ForgottenBirthday: [[ Diego once managed to forget his own daughter's birthday,]] and had to beg for Eve's help to keep Chel from finding out.
* TheGamblingAddict: Ben has lost a lot of money on lottery tickets and online poker.
* HardHead: Diego [[ smashed his head against the bathroom counter]] and spent hours lying on the floor in a pool of his own blood before being discovered, and the only long-term damage he seems to have suffered is a scar over his right eye.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Diego's father found Diego's attachment to an ImaginaryFriend so annoying that he pretended to take it outside and shoot it [[ForcedToWatch while Diego watched.]]
* InsomniaEpisode: [[ One arc]] has Diego completely unable to sleep for over a week. He's only cured of his insomnia after Eve gives him a dose of ''elephant tranquilizer.''
* TheLostLenore: Ada's death is implied to be [[DespairEventHorizon the root]] of Diego's self-destructive behavior, such as his alcoholism, his drug abuse, and his suicidal ideation. Over a decade after his wife's death, he is still obsessively attached to her.
* TheMuse: Ada was Diego's muse when he used to write poetry. With her gone, he struggles to write anything.
* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: [[ In one strip Chel and Yadira boast about their fathers' accomplishments.]] It's not a very even competition.
* TheNoseless: Everybody initially, [[ArtEvolution until late 2015.]] Occasionally [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in recent strips.
* OneDoseFitsAll: Eve cures Diego of a serious case of insomnia by giving him a dose of elephant tranquilizer. It doesn't kill him, but it does knock him out for a few weeks.
-->'''Ben:''' [[LampshadeHanging Are you sure this is safe?]] What if it kills him?
-->'''Eve:''' [[ComedicSociopathy Then maybe]] ''[[ComedicSociopathy I'll]]'' [[ComedicSociopathy finally be able to get some sleep.]]
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Dr. Indrani.
** Yadira as well, in earlier strips.
* PermaStubble: Ever-present along Diego's jawline.
* ReallyGetsAround: Both Ben and Eve have frequent casual sex with strangers. Eve identifies as polyamorous and has no intent of slowing down, while Ben has signified he may want to settle down at some point.
* RPGEpisode: [[ One arc]] has Ben and Diego revisit an unfinished campaign of [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons "Dungeons & Knockoffs"]] from their high school years, with Eve as their [=DM=].
* RubeGoldbergDevice: [[ Diego designs one in order to elaborately end his life.]]
* SelfDeprecation: A number of strips joke about how webcomics require no artistic or writing skill to make, [[CreatorCareerSelfDeprecation and how their creators are untalented losers.]]
* TheShrink: Zelda, Diego's longtime therapist.
* SoulSuckingRetailJob: Diego has spent most of his adult life working at an electronics store called "Byte Me". The years have ground him down to the point where he spends most of his break time either sneaking alcohol or crying.
* SpeechBubbleCensoring: [[ In one strip]] the tail of Ben's speech bubble zags at just the right spot to spare us the sight of his Levitra-induced stiffy.
* StatuesqueStunner: Ada, the love of Diego's life, stood noticeably taller than him.
* SuicideAsComedy: Diego's constant attempts to end it all are always [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs.]] Even his roommates no longer take his suicide attempts seriously, [[ as evidenced by them throwing a congratulatory party for Diego on his 100th attempt.]]
* WorldOfSnark: Most of the recurring characters are snarkers, especially Eve and Diego.

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