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 in one or two of my other blogs here on the site, but there is really 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 that it’s become part of the world we live in. Because it’s such a taboo subject we don’t talk about it. Depression affects people of all ages and runs in families. When we struggle to deal with the many issues in our lives, we may end up dealing with and living with depression.
Depression can also be the symptom of a bigger picture. Anything we fail to deal with in the longer term that we’re unable to cope with, can lead to depression. Daily issues, dealing with a lot term illness, issues that takes us out of our comfort zone. We shouldn’t feel bad or guilty that we’re different, because we deal with depression.
There also shouldn’t be a stigma attached to any emotional illness and I believe that’s part of the problem. I hasn’t become an accepted part of society and it should be.