What Does Depression Really Look Like?
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Depression is not something that can be brushed off and it’s not something that just goes away on it’s own. People don’t just ‘get over it’. There is a stigma attached to it which makes us believe that people who suffer from depression are weak or should have better control over their emotions. We think of depression as a ‘phase’ or something that just comes and goes instead of seeing it for the serious and debilitating mood disorder that it really is.
Depression is a serious condition that changes how we think, feel and function with our daily activities. It’s more than just feeling sad or having a few bad days. It makes you feel lifeless, empty and lacking any hope and happiness. Depressed people struggle everyday and are plagued by a constant battle in their own minds. Just having the motivation to get out of bed in the morning can be serious struggle.
You really can’t help someone who is depressed by telling them to look on the bright side of things. They certainly don’t need people down-playing their situations, offering pity, motivation or misplaced advice. They need support. They need to know that people are there for them and they need to get proper help. They need to talk to professionals who can help them get to the root of the problem and if needed, assign appropriate medication to make their days more manageable. This is especially true if their depression has worsened to the point of having suicidal thoughts.
But awareness and understanding are the first step. The more people know about depression, the better chance we have of breaking the stigma and getting help to those individuals who struggle with it everyday.
Watch the video below to hear the story of Bekah Miles and how courageous she was to face her fears and open up about her own struggles with depression.