Depression is viewed by many as a taboo subject not fit for polite conversation. While many depression patients do want to keep their privacy about health matters, they should never feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about their illness when they feel it is necessary. Open conversations about depression can help the patient and their loved ones better cope with the condition.
When I was fifteen years old I met my first boyfriend. He was the class clown and had the ability to make anyone laugh. He was extroverted and charmed everyone who met him including me. What the world didn't get to see is that he was also emotionally abusive. I knew because I was the recipient of his abuse. You…