Few weeks ago I joined the Mentally aware nigeria initiative group (MANI) and yesterday, (Saturday, 27th of May) my first time addressing the group about depression and second time attending it’s conversation cafe. The first time being this.
The conversation cafe held at the Johnson Jakande Tinube (JJT) pack Alausa Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria, being my first time there, I was quite impressed by it’s aesthetics.
I’m looking forward to going there soon to shoot *grins*.
I joined the literacy team of MANI which is a group that’s in charge of educating the group and people invited on topics relating to mental health.
For the presentation the topic was about Depression being a real illness and how misconception fuels stigmatization of mental illness.
I read about depression and wrote the following;
Depression is a REAL illness, misuse of the word when only you feel sadness is a mockery to people battling the illness.
Sadness is a feeling, a reaction to a difficult situation that passes mostly over a short period of time.
Sadness unlike depression (which is not only as a result of faulty body regulation but can interfere with daily life functions and can cause serious pain to the person suffering from it and loved ones) can easily be snapped out of.
Some research have shown that some type of depression could be as a result of brain malfunctions and not just an imbalance in body chemicals or hormones (as in the case of post-partum depression).
The stigma surrounding mental illness in general is as a result of a combination of poor media representation, gross generalisation and indiscriminate use of the word “depressed”.
The Mentally ill are one of the 3 most stigmatized groups in morden society making mentally ill people hide their illness in fear of rejection. In present day, we hear people use the word “depressed” in place of sadness spreading the misconception of the illness.
This indiscriminate use of the word makes it very difficult for people that are actually needs help get it, due to the distraction created by wrong usage.
To help stop the indiscriminate use of the word “depressed” when next you feel sad instead of saying “I am depressed” to try to quantify your degree of sadness, simple say.
I am sad or upset about/ because…
Or I am quite unhappy, troubled or even sickened.
Remember that depression goes beyond a feeling or choice, it is an illness.
After addressing the group, I also learnt a lot about depression and we had some guys who decided to share their personal stories in order for us to understand the intensity of the topic and in general enlighten us more about depression.
I hope this post has helped you understand a thing or two about depression if not have I have pinned some links here and here to help you understand more about depression and mental health in general.
If you missed my last post, you can view it here.
Thank you for stopping by. Till the next blog post. xx
“Depression is a real illness, it is not a choice. It should not be used to quatify mere sadness”