One of the things that people with depression have to deal with is the perception of others
around them. Depression, in the many forms that it may come through as, is considered by many to be
a mental illness.
Trying to live a normal life while living with these circumstances can be very difficult because
of how others see the person who suffers from depression. There is definitely a social stigma
attached to being a depressive.
Employers, co-workers, teachers and even friends who you have known for years may view you
differently if they become aware of what you have to deal with. Yet, how can you hide it and really
why should you have to?
When you apply for a job it is not legal to be asked if you have any medical problems. But at the
same time you do not wish to deceive your potential employer.
Yet, by telling them the truth, that you suffer from episodes of depression you will most lucky
not get the position unless you can provide references from other employers that prove that despite
your depression you were able to get your job done in the timeframes necessary with high quality
This also may show up in your educational experiences. If teachers assume you have issues with
depression you may find that you're treated differently and not given equal changes with the other
students. They may expect less from you and so not truly see your true potential.
One of the reasons that people behave so foolishly around those who suffer from depression is that
they are often misinformed and so are nervous.
They assume that anyone who has a mental illness is potentially dangerous, turning violent at
any moment and so they're afraid. In the long run this can be more detrimental to the person
suffering from depression, as they are left to feel alone and isolated.
This happens because people cannot see mental illness and this raises more questions for them.
An employer can see someone who has to use a wheelchair is blind or needs a cane to get around
their office. You cannot see mental illness. Depression has no physical signs.
Another thing that makes employers reluctant to hire someone who suffers from
depression has to do with their health insurance plans.
They are concerned that hiring someone who may put a drain on the programs could increase their
premiums or make the plans for their other employees not as comprehensive. Most health insurance
plans are grossly inadequate for the depression sufferer.
The social stigma of depression can add to the feelings of inadequacy that already plagues the
depressive making them feel more inadequate, alone and unloved then ever.
This is why so many people who suffer this problem tend to stay to themselves so much more. They
cannot cope with the ridicule; imagined or not.
Society needs to be taught that mental illness is no different than physical illness the
symptoms just happen to show up differently.