Depression isn’t something to take lightly; it is something that should be taken seriously. Well, if you’re someone who’s going through depression, or you know someone who’s suffering from it, this is for you.
It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to mental health issues. Everyone tells you to “speak up” and “voice out how you feel” but they not often understand how hard it can be. I know how it feels, because I’ve been in that situation and I have to admit it was really tough. I was tired, really tired. I was edgy and emotional and anxious. I began noticing that I felt exactly like it looked outside – gray and miserable. I felt helpless, unwanted, useless, and terribly down. I was afraid and ashamed to tell them how I feel, because I know people can belittle my thoughts and emotions. They might as well say I’m exaggerating when I tell them I’m suffering from depression.
Now, for those who are suffering from it, I want to say I am proud of you for clicking into this message. It takes a lot of courage to admit that you’re feeling depressed, even if you’re only admitting it to yourself for now. You are strong, because you continue working and getting through it. Sometimes, it’s circumstantial, but often you’re left scratching your head asking, “Where did all the joy go?” I know there are no magic words that will make you feel better and it can be tough to know what to say to someone that is suffering from it. But avoiding the subject is the worst tactic, it breeds guilt and will only make you feel like an outsider. Don’t be embarrassed about talking to someone. Sometimes, counselling is one of the way out of the hole you’re in right now. All you need is someone that will help you and take that enormous weight off your shoulders. But you also need to know that despite of the people around you; God is there with you in the depression you’re going through. He’s not waiting for you to come out of it before walking with you, but he’s willing to walk with you in the midst of it. I want you to know that God is not silent when you suffer. Probably you’re asking questions like “Why are you doing this to me?” “God, are you even there?” Doubt, confusion, and distress are there. God hasn’t promised to explain everything about what he does and what he allows. But he encourages us to be strong. Depression says, you are alone and you should act that way. But that is not true, because God is with you and he calls you to reach out to someone who will listen, care, and pray for you. If you know anything about God, you know that he comes close to those who suffer, so keep your eyes open for him.
Meanwhile, for those people who don’t take depression seriously, I want you to understand what people with depression want you to know. First, people with depression can’t just snap out of it – no matter how hard they try to fight back it overpowers them and there’s nothing they can do about it. Second, people with depression don’t always have a reason as to why they’re feeling depressed. Third, they don’t choose to be depressed – it is out of their control and they can’t do anything to stop it from happening. Fourth, the achievements that you see as small are already big to them – sometimes just getting out of bed or talking to someone about how they’re feeling is an achievement. Fifth, they appreciate your kind words and how you’re trying to help them. And lastly, they’re trying their best to get through it.
It might take weeks, months, or even years to get over it but eventually I know you’ll feel better again. You’ll start seeing all the possibilities that life has to offer you, instead of focucing on the negative things. You’ll start to feel like you again. And you’ll remember what it’s like to be genuinely happy. Whatever you’re going through right now, always know that the pain won’t last forever. So, KEEP GOING!