I really don't know what to think when I hear people say or write "everyone is a little depressed at times"
Of course people are sad sometimes, everyone has their struggles and life is tougher than usual sometimes. But just because someone feels a little sad doesn't make them depressed? I find it belittles the seriousness of depression, takes away the fact that it IS a serious mental illness not just a phase or when you feel a little sad. Of course depression is different for everyone, for example I do manage to get out of bed, I do workout and go to school but that doesn't mean I don't have depression, though to some it might look fake because for some they can't get out of bed, they can eat or do anything when suffering with depression. But who is to say that the person who does continue living and following daily habits isn't as sick as the person who doesn't get out of bed.
And during winter when it's cold and dark it is easier to feel more tired, less motivated and just a little more sad, but that doesn't mean that you suddenly have depression, even if you do feel lethargic and unmotivated, it's not the same thing as depression.
But at the same time I don't want someone who is suffering to think "I'm not sick, I don't need help because I can still function". Because this is something I feel alot.... how can I have a problem, how can there be something wrong if I still manage to live life somewhat? If I still manage to do normal things. ... how could I possibly have depression. And that is what keeps me from seeking help, because I CAN function but behind the scenes and in my mind there is so much more happening. So just because someone functions and seems to live life doesn't mean that they aren't struggling (just like with eating disorders, just because you can live a life and might not look sick, doesn't mean that you aren't sick and don't need help).
I think with mental illnesses people should be careful how they use certain words such as "you didn't eat lunch, are you anorexic now?" "Ohh I'm so bipolar", "the show ended. I'm so depressed", etc etc
It makes the illnesses less serious and more of a joke when people just throw those words and serious diagnoses around. And saying that "everyone is a little depressed" just doesn't seem accurate..... everyone is a little sad sometimes. Sometimes more sad and sad for longer, but I don't think everyone is a little depressed sometimes. There is no "little depressed" anyway.... of course there are different degrees of seriousness of depression, just like other illnesses. .. but you can't be a little anorexia or a little bipolar. Either you are or you aren't. .. and if you are, then there are different grades of seriousness.
Maybe I'm just a little too sensitive regarding this, who knows. But this is my opinion anyway.
Do you have an opinion on this topic?