I just went through several weeks of severe depression but things have finally turned the corner and I am feeling much better. I have posted the below before but we have so many new members so I am going to post it again.
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 majordepression, 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 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 gray shadow of life
seeing the world through a plate of dark glass
being a kite in a hurricane - I dare not 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.
I have typed this up several times and gave it to my husband and to my daughter who at times become so frustrated with this dang disorder.
Blessing to All,
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"