Depression is a major health issue that the world has recognized, scrutinized and wisely prioritized in the search for immediate, far-reaching remedies.

But in the Philippines, it is largely ignored and – almost always – wrongly diagnosed by family members who have loved ones who suffer from the condition.

“Kulang lang sa pansin yan.”

“Sinusumpong na naman si drama queen.”

“Naku, nag-iinarte na naman si lukaret. Lilipas din yan.”

Making depression go away is not as easy as saying “snap out of it“… or “tara at gumimik tayo”.

The pain that depression brings is dark and intense – way, way beyond ordinary people’s comprehension.

Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable; experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy…

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