2 years ago, I couldn’t tell everyone that I was suffering from depression. I was afraid that I will be judged not only by my friends but also my relatives. Back then, we normally think that depression was just a normal thing and that people can easily bounce back. Clearly, that wasn’t the case.
Nowadays, people understand it much better. I was even surprised when a friend asked if I was visiting a psychiatrist when I admitted to her that I was suffering from depression. Yes, the prejudice is still around but one does not need to stand alone to break it. I know I still haven’t admitted to the majority of my friends that I suffer from depression, but I really look forward to the day when the pretending can finally stop and I can finally work towards my freedom.
Until that day, I am John Kevin Cadiz, and I am suffering from mild depression.