- Feb 6, 2021
- Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
The meaning of the word "depression," as it relates to mental health, is being watered down by casual usage in everyday life. For example, two teenage girls could be talking on the phone to one another, and one says to the other, "I was so depressed this morning I could have died!" Over time, the meaning of the word "depression" is being diluted to just reflect a state of sadness and nothing more. The meaning of the phrase "to die" is being tossed about casually--figuratively--and not literally. The concept of death is being watered down as well. Can you think of other examples where the casual usage of the word "depression" and the phrase "to die" is hurting people's understanding of this mental illness?