Rowan (thinking): Maybe I should invite Violet over to study at home . . . How contagious are the whispers, anyway? Better look it up.
[Article] Spiritually Transmitted Acute Dysphoria (STAD) is a state of mental disorder, involving feelings of depression, lack of self-worth, and existential crisis.
Colloquially known as “the whispers” because it is contracted via malicious spirits “whispering” negative ideas.
It cannot be transmitted person-to-person, but non-infected people should take care around infected ones, because frankly they can get kinda scary.