Why is it so Hard to Talk about Mental Illness?

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My grandmother had depression, which led to her drinking too much and ultimately passing away far too young. I was nine when it started, so I understood what was happening in that perceptive, imagery-filled way that kids have.

I saw it as a dark cloud which had settled around Grandma and distorted her view of…

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