Negative stereotypes and a lack of understanding about depression can discourage people from: admitting they need help, seeking treatment, and helping others battle depression. However, The Mighty found several people living with depression who willingly shared their thoughts. Here’s what they had to say.
Excerpt of Article by Rachel Kassenbrock | The Mighty
- “Depression is just as real an illness as diabetes or heart disease. It must be treated with due care, because one of the serious side effects is suicide.” — Elizabeth Rose
- “It’s not only my mood that’s ‘depressed.’ Energy levels, motivation, feeling of self-worth and self-restraint are all affected as well. It doesn’t mean I’m lying in bed crying all day, especially as a mom of two young kids. I’m doing my best to be as functional as possible. Instead of ‘sad,’ I may seem irritable or short-tempered, for which I probably feel guilty.” — Katherine Intven Tyndall
- “Being depressed is much different than being sad.” — Laura Sloate
- “One just can’t ‘snap out of it.‘” — Tommy Sorg“Oftentimes I recognize that what I’m feeling is irrational or ‘silly,’ but I can’t just make the feeling go away.” — Mary Salemi
- “Sometimes people need to take antidepressants for the rest of their lives. And that’s OK!” — Stacy Benstock Klein
- “Despite knowing others live with depression and anxiety, you feel alone.” — Melissa Marcasciano McKeown
- “Simple tasks are so much harder when you live with depression. Cleaning the house, running to the store or even holding up a conversation can be a mission for us. As adults, we’re expected to suck it up and go to college, go to work and make something of ourselves. It’s difficult when you can’t even get yourself out of bed most days. I’m not lazy; I’m sick.” — Michayla Nicole Rasmussen
- “You cannot cure someone’s depression by making them feel guilty about it.” — Chelsea Noelani Gober
- “Not everyone who’s depressed ‘looks’ depressed. The worst depressive episode I’ve ever had lasted about three years. I was peppy, dressed nice, participated in clubs and got good grades for almost the entirety of it.” — Emily Dotterer
- “Depression hits every age group and gender. It’s not just for middle-aged or older people — younger people can have it too. And both men and women can have it.” — Sharky Gothica
- “Antidepressants can save lives. It’s not a conspiracy of ‘big pharma.’” — Laurie Jane Free
- “[I wish] people understood your depression is in no way a reflection on your love for them.” — Heather Donlin-Monica
- “The cruelest words in the English language can be, ‘Pull yourself together.’ Living with depression is a sign of immense strength and bravery and not of weakness and cowardice.” — Ruth Wootton
- “Sometimes you wake up and just cannot face the world. There’s no rhyme or reason for this; it’s just part of the illness.” — Jenny Reilly
To read the complete article by Rachel Kassenbrock, click here.
Thanks to the people who shared their thoughts and feelings about life with depression; Rachel Kassenbrock for writing the article; The Mighty for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; Yahoo Health for sharing the article; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.