If there's one thing that's driving me crazy these days is this claim: I'M DEPRESSED!
So many people these days are throwing around the word so often that we tend to forget its real meaning. DEPRESSION is not something to be trifled with. It's a serious illness. It's something that needs to be addressed because it does lead to FATALITIES.
The illness does have several warning signs that we should look out for. However, it doesn't mean that when one is experiencing mood swings or an intense feeling of grief, one is already classified as depressed.
In order for one to understand the illness better, the person whom we suspect is experiencing this debilitating disease should be brought to a professional for further evaluation. Should the professional deem it to be such, then, there are steps that should be taken in order to address this issue.
So, what am I trying to say here? Let's not throw the term around carelessly. Many are truly suffering because of it. If we keep labeling one as such, chances are, those who are really experiencing depression might be overlooked and be given clumsy advice that does not help.
Let's be respectful and considerate.