One thing that has always bothered me is the amount of people who compare misfortune and actively condemn those who allegedly ‘have no reason to be depressed’. I’ve recently seen an increasing number of individuals who feel as if they are in the position to judge others suffering from sadness or depression due to the fact that their circumstances are deemed to be ‘minor’ in comparison with situations or experiences that are on the more extreme end of the spectrum in regards to trauma. For example, a short while ago I read a blog post from an individual (who will remain anonymous) belittling a teenage girl for her admitted self-harming tendencies that evolved into a regular coping mechanism after her cat passed away, due to the fact that “it’s not like she had been raped or suffered child abuse”. Why is it that anyone feels as if they are in the position to decide what is or isn’t a good enough reason to suffer emotional trauma, sadness, anxiety or depression? This kind of judgement is not only perpetuating the problem, but is adding to the stigma attached to something that is still to this day misunderstood by millions of people across the globe. There needs to be more compassion, empathy and understanding when it comes to these subjects, not judgement, comparison and condemnation. How does everyone else feel about this?