Depression is a Liar
I had planned on waiting to write this post until May, which is Mental Health Month. But here’s the thing: depression doesn’t care what month it is. February tends to be the month that I struggle with the most, and this year is no different. This past Monday was especially tough. And I’m guessing that if I struggle with February, there are a lot of other people who do, too. So, why wait until May to write a few words of encouragement?
I’ve written before about my struggles with depression. It’s not an easy thing to talk about. As a matter of fact, it can be downright embarrassing. I don’t enjoy sounding weak, or needy, or crazy. And neither do you, which is why you may not have shared your struggles with anyone and are trying to go it alone.
Depression is more than just feeling ‘down.’ It alters the way you look at yourself and the people around you. It tricks you into thinking you’re abnormal and that you’re better off pretending nothing is wrong. Because if you admit your struggles with your friends and loved ones, they’ll lose respect for you.
Depression is a liar.
The fact is, 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression. I guarantee you know somebody who struggles with depression. You may not even realize they do, because they share your fear of rejection.
But you are NOT alone.
I mentioned that Monday was a particularly bad day for me. Because of that, I decided to write this post, in the hopes of encouraging anyone else who was struggling. When I first decided to write this post, earlier today, I had no idea that others in the blogging community had scheduled today to be the #DayOfLight. I happened to stumble upon #DayOfLight while looking for something completely unrelated. The site I came across had this to say about it:
#DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share resources for those who are struggling with the mental illness. Bloggers from all over the country are collaborating on Wednesday, February 5th to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness.
Turns out, after years of dealing with the ups and downs of depression, even I can still use a reminder that there are plenty of people out there, just like me. And just like you. Need more proof that we’re not alone? Check out the #DayOfLight hashtag on Twitter. And join the Twitter chat, tonight at 9 p.m. EST.
It’s OK to come out of the dark.