I recently told giggly girl that us depressed folk should embrace our depression. It's pretty much a big shock to me that depression is still seen as a stigma, at least in some circles. I don't know those circles personally, but apparently they are out there, somewhere. And I think that if people talked more about their depression a) it wouldn't be as stigma-tic* and b) it would make people feel better.
This is pretty much going to fail as a PR program though, cos no one will go for it. The thing is, people rarely want to admit that their depression is a part of who they are. I've always maintained that my depression is situational and situation-specific. My dad died. Being a teenager sucks. Breaking up is hard to do. Not knowing what I am going to do with the "rest of my life" is unbalancing. Problem is, those situations just keep coming up. So maybe being depressed IS a part of who I am.
This is not to say that I have to be depressed all the time. I take my medication, go to therapy when I need it. And most days things are just fine. But it's part of how I look at life. I think it makes me more empathetic.
And deep down, I believe that everyone SHOULD be depressed, at least some of the time. I mean, how can you look around at our world, with poverty raging, even in the good ol' US of A, war breaking out all over the place, reproductive rights being taken away at every turn, workers exploited at home and abroad, a society that seems to accept civil rights violations as a matter of course, racism maintaining its stranglehold…(jeez I got bored of looking up links, there are too many!), how could you NOT be depressed. Not to mention personal issues. And who exactly doesn't have those?
The thing to do is, I guess, transform that depression into ACTION. But first, you should acknowledge that you're depressed! So, as we used to say in college…
COME OUT COME OUT! WHEREVER YOU ARE!
*ok so this is a nedry joke with myself, regarding stigmas. Cos I don't think stigmatic means what I want it to mean. I only did it because what stigmatic actually means? Pertaining to the stigma, the female reproductive part on which pollen lands. So basically? This was a big nerdy botanical joke between myself…and well, any botanically-inclined readers I might have.