We have had so many posts from members with depressed spouses that it has brought me to tears. I am the depressed spouse at our house and I am so very thankful for a loving husband who married me for better or worse. You see he has Crohn's disease and I deal with a lot of his issues and have learned about his illness and work hard at trying to support him. He can get anrgy and upset over his disease and I am the one he will vent to so I call it a draw at our house.
Depression is not something anyone would choose but unless you have experienced it you could not truly know what it feels like. Those of us with depression do not want to feel the way we do and we do work hard at fighting this mental health disorder.
If you're depressed, you'll know exactly what it feels like, but putting it into words is rarely easy. If you're the friend, relation or colleague of a depressed person, it can be very hard to understand exactly what's happening. To sum it up in one word, depression is Hell.
Depending on whether the sufferer is experiencing mild or major depression, the actual strength of the feelings will vary, but the principle is the same - a confusing maelstrom of powerful negative emotions makes everyday tasks seem pointless. The sufferer is permanently miserable, and although in many cases they'll realise that there's no logical reason for them to feel so low, there's very little they can do about it because the emotions in their head are so powerful
Imagine going through day-to-day life, with nothing apparently wrong, but feeling as though every one of your closest relatives has suddenly died, leaving you totally alone. The experience often gets better in the late evening, but returns, just as strong, the following day. Quotes from depressed people compare the experience to;
- a slow crawl through Hell
- being a leaf in a strong wind
- being trapped inside my own head
- watching a film of my life
- going through a dark grey shadow of life
- looking over the suicide cliff
- seeing the world through a plate of dark glass
- being a kite in a hurricane - I daren't let go of the string
Please don't toss us aside because we can be difficult to live with. We truly want to be happy and at times we are very happy. If you think we don't love you because we have depression you could be very wrong.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am a true advocate of all mental health issues.
May you walk in peace,
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 4/25/2009 8:03:50 AM (GMT-6)