Depression is often viewed as an emotion or feeling that isn’t really that serious. The true reality of Depression though is that it is a slow-moving killer that makes your original, happy personality turn silent and isolating. A lot of people who suffer from depression go on to commit suicide. Around 90% of people who have killed themselves have had Depression or another co-siding mental health problem. Even if people do not take their life if they have depression, the illness still makes them exist and not live. Life will become meaningless, exhausting and not very enjoyable.
Depression leaves you to reflect on your life as well as trying to reconstruct happiness, all whilst balancing feeling utterly alone. Depression brings along an entire stream of confusion, unhappiness, rage, grief, loneliness, exhaustion and physical illness.
The reason so many people do not talk about the raw truth of Depression is because Depression isn’t really talked about out loud. The raw truth is that it makes people uncomfortable. People who haven’t experienced Depression or any other forms of mental illness will question why a depressed person is sad in the first place or encourage you to simply ‘be happy and think positive’. The reality is that there isn’t always a reason why a depressed person is sad. Sometimes it just gets too much. No one has any reason to judge another person whose struggling, and for the person who is depressed, life is absolutely unbearable to cope with most of the time. No matter how much that depressed person is loved, they can still feel absolutely worthless.
When you have Depression, everyone else around you seems happy. They seem to have it all together and cope amazingly with everyday situations. If you’re suffering, you don’t want to take their happiness away by involving them in your problems. You isolate so that others around you can feel the happiest they can be without putting any of your problems on them.
Depression makes you unworthy of people, help and love. However, when you take a step back and view yourself at a different perspective, are you really a burden to others? All the things we can’t do in Depression set us free. Depression is a gut wrenching and isolating disease but people truly help. Having people around not only provides comforts but also support in the darkness.
No one suffering from Depression is alone.
If You Know Someone Suffering From Depression
What you say to someone who suffers is important. Remember not to take it personally if they can’t or won’t open up to you. Compassionately reach out.
When they do open up, do not brush it off or ignore them. There is nothing for you to fix. Just listen. Sometimes, just knowing they are not alone will help them move out of the pain.
The goal of helping is giving people who suffer from depression a voice and allowing them to be heard. This pulls them out of isolation and helps them feel loved.
Reach out to them, be with them, listen to them.
This will and can save a life.
Depression is a disease of the heart, one that equals sadness.
Suicide is not reversible, but sadness, if it is caught early enough is.
With compassion, empathy and kindness to one another, we can reverse the disease. We can save each other with sympathy, honesty and love.