"Over the past ten years, I've been living two different lives," begins Doug Leddin in a video about his battle with depression.
The video, which has garnered over 11,000 shares on Facebook since Leddin posted it just yesterday, shows the 27-year old Irishman revealing his deepest, darkest secret not only to his friends and family—but to the entire world. He says he's been living a double life.
"If you asked my family or friends what they thought about me," says Leddin, "they'd probably tell you that I'm a happy-go-lucky, positive, hard-working and confident guy.
"But all that's a bit of a lie. You see, I'm living a completely different life inside. I'm living the life of someone who suffers immensely with depression. And this is so hard for me to talk about, but it's not just me."
Leddin, who works as a marketing manager for an Irish advertising firm, said in the accompanying Facebook post that this is something he's "wanted to get off [his] chest for a long time, 10 years in fact." He feared that he'd lose his closest friends if he spoke up.
So he made this short film to break down the stigma that still surrounds mental health which held him back for so long.