Depressed, ADD and OCD are all words that represent different types of real mental illnesses, and yet people use them all of the time in unfit ways. I’ll even admit doing it myself. If I’m having the worst day ever I might say something along the lines of… “Just kill me, I’m so depressed.” But am I really so depressed that I want to kill myself? No, not at all.
When you take the time to think about it, you see how insensitive this can be. Not that I’d ever want to intentionally be insensitive to anyone, especially not something that’s already feeling down enough to consider themselves depressed or suicidal. It doesn't justify my actions at all, but I know I’m not the only one that does it.
Talented artist Annie Erskine created five useful comics for College Humor that clarify what we say about mental illness vs. what we really mean. Hopefully these clarifications help us discuss mental illness with greater sensitivity.