I feel like this statement couldn’t be more true.
Depression is a disease.
I don’t care who says it isn’t or who thinks they actually know how it feels to be depressed when they have never been through it. Because no one truly knows what you are going through except for you.
Depression is a tricky thing because it affects people so differently. Some people are hit with the debilitating kind that makes it hard to get out of bed. Some people become so depressed that they can no longer function and think the world is better without them. Some people have a type of depression that kind of slowly starts to affect you and your life.
Now, I am no doctor of any kind, but I feel like I can discuss this topic. I have dealt with it before. And let me tell you…it’s not always easy to notice. The type of depression that I suffered from crept up on me. I didn’t even really notice I had a problem until I was at a party in Auburn and I became so anxious that I couldn’t stay more than 5 minutes. The guy I was with just didn’t really understand what was wrong with me, but he knew that it wasn’t normal. He was the one that urged me to go see someone. And about 2 years later, I finally did.
My depression never became something that would be considered life threatening.
But, regardless, it is a disease and it needed to be addressed.
It is a chemical imbalance. It requires therapy (to figure out where the issue started) and drugs (to help calm the nerves and reset your body). No one wants to be depressed. No one that I know would ever choose this for their life. No one wakes up in the morning and says, “Today is the day I become depressed”. It doesn’t work like that. For me, it just happened — crept up on me and before I knew what happened, I was depressed and suffering crippling anxiety.
If you can’t afford a therapist (believe me…they aren’t always cheap — but some insurances do cover treatment) and you are against getting on an anti-depressant, start journaling. This was something my therapist strongly suggested I start doing, and I believe it helped me uncover the root cause of my depression and anxiety. You don’t need to share it with anyone. Just write down how you are feeling or what happened during your day. You will discover so many wonderful things about yourself that you probably didn’t know were there.
And yes. This post stemmed from that Matt Walsh post yesterday. And I am purposely not linking to it…he doesn’t deserve any extra traffic to his blog.
Have you ever dealt with depression or anxiety?