We find a way to overcome our stress,sorrows, grief through laughing at what we go through and comparing sometimes, our troubled times with another’s to encourage ourselves.
I mean, seriously?? (I seriously feel like preaching)
Stigma is a very complex concept.
It can be perceived public stigma – how people view mental disorder /depression within the society.
It could be self stigma- this how the person in question views his or her ailment and it could be personal stigma- an individual view or belief of mental illness.
In Nigeria today, depression is still seen as something extreme. Some people would still call a person with depression “mad” or as it is called in Yoruba language “wèrè”. Nobody wants to be stigmatised or called a mad person.
Do not stay quiet. Do not hide in shame.
Anyone could have any ailment.
No one wants to be diagnosed with malaria, cancer, depression or even dementia.
Neither should you go about spreading what has been discussed in confidence around and making the person feel worse than they already do.