People are embarrassed to talk about it. I would never put anyone down [who] was in that kind of space. I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life—and if they don’t, I think that’s weird.
Oh, Kirsten! I love her more every day.
And she’s right about the embarrassment thing. I think, in my own family, the word “depression” is never used. Never. (In fact, my great-grandmother always described her own condition as “melancholia.”) And it isn’t as if my family members would broach the subject anyway; there are some things we’ve been taught to keep quiet.
Most people will fight off bouts of depression at some point. Others will struggle with major depression. And Kirsten’s right: if it’s so widespread, why is it still so taboo to discuss?
Or maybe we’re just apathetic about depression. Does the ubiquity of mild depression keep us from acknowledging how serious clinical depression really is? Hmm.