Isn’t it amazing to see so many people opening up on those youtube videos that talk about depression? A lot of people describe their experience in the comments and some people are able to relate to it. On the very same video, you will find some comments that are hard to understand and a few people say that it’s something made up and depression doesn’t really exist. Basically, you see a large amount of variation there and imagine that happening in real life, imagine people around you being that ignorant. The worst would be you and I being that ignorant about other people’s life and their issues.
What if we all could stop being ignorant (doesn’t happen right away) and start treating each other with respect and no I am not only talking about men respecting women or vice versa but what I am talking about is different. Now, I might know next to nothing about depression, anxiety or stress but it is something that can hit anyone and at any age. There is no particular age or gender, it can happen to children, males, females and even to animals.
What is the new culture that we are forming and supporting where making fun of someone is considered great, laughing at the expense of someone else is considered great? I might have indulged myself in that kind of behavior but then again I have been treated the same way numerous times. I know it doesn’t allow me or anyone else to do the similar thing but that is what we have been encouraging for so long that we have started accepting it something which is very normal. That is sad, very sad.
What we need now is the maturity to understand that this is a serious issue and we need to move beyond our beliefs that depression is just sadness. We need to educate ourselves, our parents, our friends and everyone around us and erase the stigma that surrounds this issue. It is okay to be depressed and it is completely okay to seek help for it.
If you know someone who has been depressed then realize that it is an issue that needs attention. There are these two foundations that I found, you can visit the websites and even refer people to it.
Remember we help each other.