“Depression is neither new nor trendy”

Good to see Alastair Campbell take Janet Street Porter to task for her poor article on depression last week (which I blogged about here.

It’s worth reading it all, but here’s a good extract:

Depression is neither new nor trendy. It just is. Street-Porter’s article is inconsistent, contradictory and very badly argued. It is the kind of journalism that merely serves to strengthen the damaging stereotypes around mental health problems that stop people with very real illnesses seeking help[.] But ill-informed articles like Street-Porter’s risk leaving people confused and misinformed. Depression and stress are not the same, although it is true that sometimes one can lead to the other.

The truth is, anything more than mild to moderate depression can be seriously debilitating.


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