Since today is World Mental Health Day, I thought I’d share a post I wrote a while back for Emma Louise’s blog on depression.
Jennifer Roberts has suffered from depression for 17 years and has been medicated for five. She has nevertheless managed to gain a good degree, travel, write two novels, get married and have a daughter. Today, she speaks. She has not been forced to talk about anything against her will.
Oh, God, I’m So Depressed!
You’ve probably heard people say that quite a lot. The word “depressed” has slipped into casual use now, to mean you’re feeling low. But I can pretty much guarantee that the people who use it like it are not only not depressed, but never have been. First, because someone who is actually in the grip of an attack of depression will be at home hiding under the duvet, not chatting with you over coffee, and second because they will probably not tell you they feel that way.
There’s still a stigma attached to depression. Many wonderful…
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