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.
Every new generation asks broadly similar questions about the nature of what they see as odd or abnormal behavior. A few will be fortunate and will be schooled in the meaning of mental illness. They at least have a platform of understanding upon which to build their subsequent values. Many others aren’t so lucky. They use the same…