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Survivors who suffer from depression hardly speak up about it or seek help because of the social stigma and the discrimination attached to the illness. Few of us would ever want to cause harm with our words or actions; in an ideal world, we’ll strive to be sensitive to those around us and to avoid abusive or denigrating language. Thanks to awareness campaigns, activism and social media where conversations around encouraging trends towards more inclusive language and understanding about depression are just recently being had; yet cultural blindspots remain – and the sphere of mental and emotional health is still filled with stigma. These stigmas are very much harmful and have grave implications for those who deal with trauma by deepening personal shame and isolation. As we seek to be better friends and allies, it’s important that we are vigilant about the language we use and we consciously monitor harmful…

There is a range of ways to deal with depression, and often they are best used in conjunction with each other. The primary medical options are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), antidepressant medication, and in some severe cases, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Education and coping strategies are also important when learning to manage your depression. The symptoms of depression can be addressed to help you feel better. Here are some ways to deal with these symptoms: BEHAVIOURAL STRATEGIES: Set goals for daily activity. Plan full days of useful activity by making a list of the activities you are going to engage in at different times during the day. Try to stick to this plan as closely as possible. What activities do you enjoy? Try to increase the amount of time you spend on these enjoyable activities. Avoid comparing the way you are behaving or feeling now while you are depressed with the…