The stigma faced on the periphery by people with depression: 'Poor can't afford not to get out of bed'

The stigma faced on the periphery by people with depression: 'Poor can't afford not to get out of bed'

Lack of information and access to treatment is most acute among the poorer population, who 'cannot afford to get sick or starve'.

Andressa has heard that her depression was 'freshness' and that praying was enough to solve the problem.Carol Rocha / Énois Agency / BBC BRAZILWhen Andressa Duvique, 21, a resident of Guaianases, east of the state capital, confessed to an acquaintance of her church who was depressed, she heard from the woman that the disease was a matter of faith."She asked me 'Ah, but are you praying?', As if this were a spiritual problem, but this is an emotional problem. So they say it's freshness," says the young evangelical.Depression affects 11.5 million Brazilians (or nearly 6% of the population), according to 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) data.Andressa found help in dealing with the disease in free therapy sessions offered by a psychologist."After I found out I had not passed the college entrance exam, things got worse, and I saw that I needed help. At first, it was because of the college entrance exam, but after I went to therapy I found that it was an emotional matter of mine, that I ...


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