Depression has become one of the most commonly used words in the past few years. It is a word that gets used whenever something is inconvenient or sad, rather than being used solely in a mental health capacity. We have changed the perception of the word, taking away some of the stigma and fear that surrounded the word. Today, people are more aware than ever about what depression is, what it can look like and that it is not something to be ashamed of. This does not mean that all the stigma and fear of depression is gone, or that there is not a profound sense of guilt and shame that follows for many people, but it has become a lot more common as people speak up.
Have you ever known this child?
They might struggle to sit still; they might be disruptive in class or struggle to organize their own thoughts. They might be the one in the back of class who gets lower grades because they can’t seem to grasp the details of the assignment, or whose answer on a math test is only wrong because they missed the 1 in 117. Who will easily forget that there is a sticker on their chest and who will stray from conversation because something else caught their eye. This child might have ADHD.