Feeling depressed, it happens to everyone: bad day, fight with a loved one, difficulties at work, visiting relatives for a week … well, there are tons of reasons to feel “down”.
Suffering from depression, however, is a completely different thing. The depressed person loses interest in activities she loves. She no longer has fun. She is deeply tired, anxious and not sleeping well. Sometimes, she thinks it might be better if she wasn’t alive anymore… In short, it’s a serious health condition that requires quick medical and psychological intervention.
Unfortunately, many prejudices exist about depression. How many times have you heard comments such as:
“He’s not really depressed … he just pretends to get a sick leave!”
“Depressed, is she? We work 10 times harder and we’re not depressed! She’s just weak and she doesn’t want to get a hold of herself. She likes it when people pity her. “
While it’s true that fraud in sick leaves constitutes a real problem, and that depressed people may have to make changes in their lives in order to heal, prejudices of the sort do nothing to improve the situation.
As this week (May 6 to 12, 2013) is the National Mental Health Week, I created this comic to take stock of the situation.