For the past 10 years, Doug Leddin of Dublin, Ireland said he was living two different lives. There's the Leddin on the outside, the one that everyone sees. And there's another side of him that most people don't know about.
"I'm nervous as hell writing this status," the 27-year-old wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "There is something I have wanted to get off my chest for a long time."
Leddin also shared a video on the platform so that he could reveal the truth about himself.
"I'm living a completely different life inside," he said in the video. "I'm living the life of someone who suffers immensely with depression."
Leddin opened up about his personal experiences because, as he wrote, depression is "something we all need to talk more about."
The CDC says that nearly 8 percent of the U.S population over 12 lives with depression, and the signs of depression may not be easy to spot. Even though the disorder is common, there is still a looming stigma that keeps people from admitting that they have a mental illness.
"What we actually fear the most is that our friends won't understand, that we will lose them," he said in the video. "But that's just the stigma that we believe exists inside ourselves. And that honestly isn't the case."
Leddin's main reason for opening up is to create awareness and encourage others to do the same.
"I can't try and help others if I can't even help myself," he said in the video. "How can we expect to find an answer if we are still afraid of the question?"
Leddin is absolutely correct about opening up. Speaking out about having depression, especially to a doctor, is important.
"When I posted this status I didn't think it would have the impact it has had so far and the over whelming amount of messages," he wrote in a new post on Friday. "The last few days has made me so proud to grow up in this generation a generation that Votes Yes, That learns to speak out a generation that has been through a lot but will be stronger and better for it in the future."