Ignorance is a joy, as the saying goes.
Many people still do not understand or believe that "clinical depression" is real, for five main reasons;
1) It is taboo to talk about that, therefore
2) low concentration in awareness, dialogues, prevention policies, etc.
3) the English language where depression can mean many things,
4) Depression is not physical or something that can be easily seen,
5) some have used depression to inappropriately excuse themselves of crimes.
But it is as real as any other life-threatening illness, be it diabetes or Alzheimer's. The WHO lists it as the leading global cause of disability in people of all ages. It is even the number 2 cause of death among adolescents … However, many still do not understand or recognize depression as a legitimate disease that deserves to be discussed openly.
Some call it a chance, a miracle or even a "divine intervention" to which I survived. The point is that I am still alive to talk about it and face the stigma surrounding this damn thing that more than 300 million people suffer every day around the world.
Other useful links:
World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet on depression
Could a drug prevent depression and post-traumatic stress disorder?
I am not a professional or an expert in the field of medicine and psychology. The content shared here is based solely on my personal experience, research and opinion on topics, and should not be taken as expert reference material.
If you suffer from depression or think you might be, seek professional help at your nearest medical center or seek help immediately.
Video credits to Unboxing Depression YouTube channel