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Stigma in Society

Mental health still has much stigma in society, even in this time of social media. I’m sure that mental health awareness has become better, with kids learning about depression, anxiety, etc. in schools. But there’s a gulf between being knowledgeable about these disorders and accepting or understanding people who actually have these disorders. We need to be able to talk openly about these problems, as I’m sure many people are burdened by them.

I admire the celebrities that have “come out” to tell their stories of depression and anxiety. The fact that they, these gorgeous filthy-rich ultra-talented celebs have something like depression help us all understand that this can happen to anyone, no matter how happy or successful. And it can inspire us, too. J.K. Rowling suffered from crippling depression, but she never let it stop her. And now look at her, she’s a renowned author who has almost a billion dollars. Ellen de Generes had depression. Kanye West felt suicidal. And the list goes on and on… Demi Lovato, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt ,… even Nicki Minaj! List of Celebrities Who Dealt with Depression

I am very thankful for media outlets like Buzzfeed that share stories about real people, famous and otherwise, who have experienced mental illness. It makes me, and no doubt others, feel as if we’re not alone, and that mental illness is nothing to be afraid of sharing.

If you have gone through or are going through mental illness, you should be proud of your strength, because you’ve made it this far. You can do it, I’m rooting for you

 

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