I was shocked when I heard about Robin Williams’ death. I am sure we all were, but his case has shown me a very different side to depression.
I’ve talked about depression before on the site, but there is another side to it that I haven’t spoken about that perhaps I should. Depression is a subject no one talks about. It’s a taboo subject. We may know people who live with it, but it’s never spoken about. It has been like that for as long as I can remember.
Society would rather brush depression under the carpet than accept it’s become part of the world we live in. Because it’s taboo we don’t talk about it. Depression affects people of all ages, and runs in families. When we struggle to deal with issues, we may end up dealing with and living with depression.
Depression can also be the symptom of something bigger. Anything we fail to deal with in the longer term that we’re unable to cope with, can lead us to depression. Daily issues, dealing with a long-term illness, issues that takes us out of our comfort zone. We shouldn’t feel bad or guilty that we are different, because we deal with depression.
There also shouldn’t be a stigma attached to a mental or emotional illness and I believe that’s the problem. It hasn’t become an accepted part of society.