Depression is more than everyday ups and downs. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and the way you act. There’s a high stigma around this issue. No one wants to talk about it. Yes talking about our emotions can be difficult but it is essential.

Why is reaching out/ talking about it important? When we talk about our feelings and emotions and when we’re honest about it we can improve our relationships and get help and break down the stereotypes around it. It is commonly told that you can get over it by yourself but people frequently fail to understand that clinical depression is an illness like any other medical illness and you can’t just get over it by yourself always. Having depression does not mean that an individual is weak or is a failure but it simply means that you need to get professional help.

In conclusion, depression can affect anyone irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity so the public should start talking about it and should break down the stereotypes surrounding depression.

Sharon Abraham