13 People Who Are Bravely Taking Back A Viral Hashtag That Made Depression A Trend

It's an illness, not a feeling.

On August 31, the hashtag #IGetDepressedWhen trended on Twitter. Users contributed to the trend by tweeting about frustrating situations like taking a test or misplacing an item. But the creators behind the hashtag failed to realize that depression is not a casual adjective used for uncomfortable experiences — it's actually a serious mental disorder that over 350 million people live with.

Organizations like Stamp Out Stigma and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) are fighting to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illnesses through education and advocacy. These groups teach the public that the word "depression" should never be thrown around lightly.

As this insensitive hashtag began trending, advocates began flooding the social platform with messages about the real meaning of depression — and they changed the entire conversation. Here are 13 of the tweets that proved that depression is never something to joke about:

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