Depression affects more than 1 out of 20 Americans, 18 years or older. It does not discriminate. It does not allow choice. It does not give grace to those it infects. Just like cancer, depression is a serious illness that can not be willed away. It can only be cured or diminished by proper medical treatment.
Those depressed are often misunderstood and misjudged. These six GIF’s explain what depression truly feels like:
- Depression feels like a black hole.
Those depressed often feel as though they can’t escape the darkness. It is a gravity pulling them deeper and deeper. Falling is inevitable. Sometimes, the dark hole may even seem safer and easier than trying to fight it.
2. Depression is paralyzing.
Depression is not laziness. Rather, it can be a paralysis of the mind, which bleeds into the body. Doing nothing isn’t a choice. Simple tasks, such as getting out of bed often seem impossible and painful. Sinking away into nothingness is a way to escape the never ending thoughts and feelings that can’t be avoided.
3. Depression is painful.
Avoidance of feelings and thoughts doesn’t make the pain disappear. Depression can be a silent killer. It is easier to say “I’m ok” instead of facing the reality of depression. Facing issues head on and the pain of really allowing yourself to feel can be tremendously unbearable. Putting on the “I’m ok” face also avoids the feeling of being burdensome to friends and family.
“She says she’s fine but she’s going insane. She says she feels good but she’s in a lot of pain. She says it’s nothing but it’s really a lot. she says she’s okay. but really she’s not,” (Healthshire).
4. Depression can be a result of no higher purpose.
Those depressed struggle with finding value in their lives, in their person. Merely existing is painful. Those depressed need to feel significance. Their life needs to matter. Otherwise, there is no point to existing.
5. Depression is a heavy weight to bare.
Depression can be a huge weight to carry. Especially, alone. Everything seems much harder, much more burdensome when depressed. What used to be simple tasks, are now difficult.
6. Depression is more than sadness.
Depression is not sadness. Although those depressed can be extremely sad, depression is much more than sadness. It can’t be cured with medicine, or a hug. It is a deeply rooted illness that is only diminished after therapy, life changes, a lot of support, and sometimes medication.
“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
― Barbara Kingsolver,
If you, or someone you know, are depressed please seek help.