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It's important for people to understand that depression is an illness, not a weakness. Many people believe depression is just something someone can "get over" on their own. This belief causes them to be less empathetic towards those who are diagnosed with depression, as shown in this article by Kirsten King and Haejin Park from BuzzFeed. (Posted on September 30, 2015)
Remember, everyone experiences mental illness differently, and the way we talk about it can have a significant effect on someone’s well-being. Be kind and empathetic, regardless of a person’s diagnosis.