There’s so many things that we as a society talk about all the time. I can’t turn on the TV or radio without being inundated with information. Every day, I hear people talk about the latest scandal in the White House, missiles in North Korea, what celebrity’s marriage is falling apart or even debating the season finale of a popular TV show..
I’m not going to say that we shouldn’t be talking about some of those things because we should be able to talk about anything.
As a society, I’d like to think we’ve evolved enough, that there shouldn’t be things we can’t have serious conversations about, Depression being one of them.
We’re at the tail end of 2017, and it’s still taboo to talk about getting help for depression, mental health in general, or even getting help with your sexual health. Today we’re going to focus on depression. I get that there are many people who simply don’t understand what Depression is or how much of an impact it can have on one’s life. What I don’t get is why it’s almost frowned upon for someone to talk about dealing with Depression, especially in a public forum.
Whether or not you realize it, there’s a better than average chance that Depression is impacting someone in your life, and you just don’t know about it.
That’s sad for two reasons.
For starters, it’s sad that society has stigmatized Depression so much that people feel weird talking about it. Secondly, because it’s so stigmatized, people dealing with Depression feel things like shame, embarrassment or even isolation. This stigma makes it so that people warring with Depression are afraid to talk about it for fear of being ridiculed or judged.