By: Alyssa Aligood
“Depression is an illness, not a weakness, nor a trait.”
It is a word that we seem to throw around nowadays just because we can. The word we use to describe anything from a bad day, to an overwhelming inability to live life.
Depression slowly takes over a person’s life to a point where they forget how it all began. Everything feels too hard. You feel as though everyone is against you. You wonder how you ever enjoyed anything at all. Depression is like a darkness that never seems to go away. You see the light at the end, but there is a huge wall blocking any entrance out.
Depression is like trying to come out of the water for air but having an anchor weighing you down.
The effort to do small things is huge. The pressure to do anything at all is even bigger.
There are three things that might help you in your fight with depression:
- It is very important that you learn to accept your depression. You realize that this is a part of your life now, and you must live with this until you can control it.
- Allow yourself time to heal and get through it; this takes time.
- As impossible as it might seem, you need to get help. Get help either from a professional, a trusted friend, a member of your family, or a doctor.
I am still currently battling my own depression, but it’s not near as bad as what it used to be. I can now look at myself in the mirror and smile. That is progress, and progress is all it takes.
I hope you find a way out of this.
I hope you get that sense of control back.
Hope is one of those things that disappears with depression, so for now, I will hope for you until you can find that hope again for yourself.