In the first, a 17-year-old with leukemia has to miss several weeks of school.
In the second, a 17-year-old with depression has to miss several weeks of school.
Are you more sympathetic to one than the other? Does one have a real disease, the other, something else – something which, though not quite hysteria, is not quite life-threatening either? Does it matter that both conditions are disorders, both thought to be caused by something gone haywire on a genetic or biochemical level – leukaemia when blood cells acquire mutations; depression when neurotransmitters are out of balance – as well as environmental factors?
Read more at The Guardian.