Kevin Breel offers great perspective on depression on the To Write Love on Her Arms blog:
That’s the stigma, because, unfortunately, we live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way. That’s the stigma. We are so, so, so accepting of any body part breaking down, other than our brains. And that’s ignorance. That’s pure ignorance. And that ignorance has created a world that doesn’t understand depression, that doesn’t understand mental health. And that’s ironic to me because depression is one of the best-documented problems we have in the world, yet it’s one of the least discussed.
I’m happy to say that I’ve come a long way since writing this in terms of battling my depression. Immersing myself into my freelancing — and the subsequent successes — have been huge in getting me out of that deep, dark place. That said, I admit to still having my moments so I won’t dare say I’m cured, but I’m sure as hell fighting the best way I know how. Luckily, I have a great support system behind me to keep me from regressing and just continue to push onward.