Depression, in its ugliest form, isn’t losing hope or being perpetually sad- it’s being optimistic for one moment and completely drained out of life the very next. Putting a tag or attaching a meaning to it isn’t fair to anyone who is suffering from it.
You can watch a person being a barrel of laughs and hear about hurting themselves the following day. Your brain might search for a logic in such cases. It will argue- they appeared happy, so what led them in taking such a drastic step. These stories will tug at your heart, ripping your chest open, making you question the ecstatic faces of people around you. You will be more aware of the people around you after going through these stories, looking closer at every hint that they might have dropped and you didn’t look.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs urgent help. Call 1-800-273-8255 or go to their official website to live chat with a counselor.
1. It’s a constant struggle.
“Major Depression & PPD here. 3 weeks pp with #2 & going to the doctor is helping. Most times I feel like I’m drowning but last couple of days it’s been easier. Sometimes just talking about it can be cathartic. PLEASE seek help if you need it. It’s not failure. Sometimes you just need a little more time to get your shit together and that’s ok, because being a functional parent is hard f**king work.”
2. You don’t even see it coming even in a thousand years.
3. It is not about the age.
“This is my son , right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later he followed through.
4. Or the size of the person.
“This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don’t dismiss people who are hurting.”