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This Comic Nails Why It's Wrong to Casually Speak About Mental Illnesses

A comic on mental illness posted on College Humor is anything but funny — and that's what makes it so relatable.

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Credited to CH Staff and illustrator AnnieAwesomesauce, the comic — titled "What You Say About Mental Illness vs What You Actually Mean" — nails why some people are offended by others who casually speak about things like depression and bipolar disorder as though they were merely descriptive words (like that one friend who says "I'm so OCD!").

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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates "more than 15 million American adults" suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, which affects more women than men. 

When it comes to bipolar disorder in adults, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance reports 5.7 million Americans are affected with the disorder. That's about 2.6 percent of the population. 

These illustrations suggest that perhaps words have more powerful meanings than we may realize.

You can see the rest of the comics at College Humor.

Featured Image:College Humor/AnnieAwesomeSauce