Explained: What is Depression?
What is the difference between the feeling of sadness and a medical condition?
The shocking recent death of a young celebrity has sparked important conversations about mental health on social media.
Everyone is talking about and giving advice on mental healthcare, and even on mental illness. But some things are best left to the experts - watch the video below to find out what depression really is, and what it’s not. (Hint: It is many things, and not just sadness).
“Depression is often misconstrued as a form of sadness and the popular advice meted to those who experience it is to find ways to ‘cheer up’.Not only is this inaccurate, but it is also almost harmful.”Scherezade Siobhan, author and psychologist
If you are feeling low, talk to a mental health professional. Platitudes on social media are important to normalise the conversation, but for serious tips on how to deal with mental illness, it is best to consult an expert.
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