which is why I don’t consider these to be complete abominations.
Here’s why: the passing depressive episodes that 1 out of 3 people experience in their lifetimes are not mental illness. The mental illness that is depression has no external cause; it is not sparked by, for example, the death of a loved one. It needs no reason. It just is, and it kills.
Conflation of the two is harmful, because it shapes how other people identify – or try to identify – with people who actually have a depressive mental illness. The misconception caused by this conflation gives neutotypical people the idea that they understand Depression, which they consider to be a passing, natural thing, brought about by some sort of sad life event.
It isn’t. It can’t be understood from a normal, “I’m sad because…” standpoint. There is no fucking “because.”
[Disclaimer: of course, some “normal” people do understand what I’m saying here. Not all of them are ignorant. I get that. Consider this my daily dose of ranting. If it doesn’t apply to you, then it doesn’t apply to you.]