We’re finally banishing the stigma around people with depression.
While that is a big step, we still have quite a long way to go. Because at the end of the day, many of us still don’t understand ‘depression’ clearly and what it means. We tend to think that a depressed person is automatically a lazy person who doesn’t want to do anything.
In reality, however, that’s far from the truth. And today we are going to talk about some of the things that people with depression do that others don’t realize.
While most people imagine depression equals ‘really sad,’ unless you’ve experienced depression yourself, you might not know it goes so much deeper than that.
Depression expresses itself in many different ways, some more obvious than others. While some people have a hard time getting out of bed, others might get to work just fine — it’s different for everyone.
Agreeing to social plans but canceling last minute. Using an excuse but really you just chickened out. It makes you think that your friends don’t actually want to see you, they just feel bad. Obligation.
Sometimes I’ll forget to eat all day. I can feel my stomach growling but don’t have the willpower to get up and make something to eat.
In social situations, some people don’t realize I withdraw or don’t speak much because of depression. Instead, they think I’m being rude or purposefully antisocial.
I don’t like talking on the phone. I prefer to text. Less pressure there.
Also being anti-social. Not because I don’t like being around people, but because I’m pretty sure everyone can’t stand me.
Purposely working on the holidays so I can avoid spending time with family. it’s overwhelming to be around them and to talk about the future and life so I avoid it.
#6 Safe bubble.
Hiding in my phone. Yes, I am addicted to it, but not like other people. I don’t socialize, I play games or browse online stores to distract myself from my negative thoughts.
It’s my safe bubble.
Struggle to get out of bed, sometimes for hours. Then just the thought of taking a shower is exhausting. If I manage to do that, I am ready for a nap.
People don’t understand, but anxiety and depression is exhausting, much like an actual physical fight with a professional boxer.
#8 Getting over it.
I can deal with depression, I can’t deal with people who say “we all get sad at times, get over it” and “I’m depressed too, I get on with my life” depression isn’t the same for everyone.
I’m glad some people can cope easier but I can’t.
Going to bed at 9 pm and sleeping throughout the night until 10 or 11 am. Then getting out of bed is the hard part. Showering is also a struggle. Trying to keep the house tidy.
Watching hours upon hours of Netflix but not even interested in what I’m watching because nothing really interests me anymore.
I just sit all day, getting up only to use the bathroom. My chair is also my bed. I have a bed, but i just stay in my chair. I don’t sleep well, and I eat very little. The TV is on, but I may or may not be watching. I just sit.