The dictionary defines depression as feelings of severe despondency and dejection. It is essentially an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things.
The world is pretty much in the Stone Age when it comes to psychiatry. This makes it hard for people with any degree of mental illness.
Mental illnesses are real illnesses, not failures to cope or ploys for attention. All too often, though, people with mental health issues forgo treatment for months or years, all because they feel ashamed of their condition.
Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantage (a negative stereotype).