When we hear the word "Depression" people seem to shy away, change the conversation, or even try to down play it. The portrayal of depression is that people are walking around with a dark rain cloud over them, that depressed persons have bags underneath they're eyes from crying days without end, sitting in a corner, and unable to get it together. Some of these nuances may be true, however, there are people who are depressed and hide it so well that they appear to be the happiest people in the world. Depression does not have a face, it does not happen to just a certain group of people. It appears in our homes, communities, churches and workplaces without even an inclination that it is slowly tearing someone's life apart.
Truthfully, I used to be one of those persons who just couldn't understand how someone couldn't shake depression, until it happened to me. Depression is not something that you catch like a cold. You feel symptoms, take some medicine, and then poof it's gone. See it creeps in as sadness, anger, frustration, and failure engulfs everything around you. It affects your mind, heart, spirit, relationships, and tries to blur your future. It seems that everything you do is not good enough. Depression is like a pain you feel that you can't seem to heal. And the tears you cry are the only way you can relieve yourself, even if for a moment, of the weight of the emotions that are dragging you down.
Some people, even friends and family, could not fathom you being depressed so they say "shake it off", "get over it", or "you don't have anything to be depressed about". Although their intentions are good, the words just don't do anything but add onto the heaviness that you already feel. You feel as if nothing is going to work to help you shake the helpless feeling you feel on a constant basis. Waking up, surviving, and going to bed are the only ways that live your days. But I'm here to tell you that Depression is NOT your destiny. I REPEAT, Depression is NOT your destiny. Your purpose, goals, and dreams are more powerful than the grip that you feel depression has on you. There are countless avenues that can help you to manage the depression you feel. In order become the lady of excellence, success, and distinction that I know that you are, you have to believe without a doubt that it will get better. You have to have a strong conviction that there are blessing interweaved into each day just for you. You have to trust the process that there will be good and bad days, but that you will choose to survive. What you may be going through is simply a chapter in your book of triumphs and testimonies. I promise you that as someone who has been through it that you are not alone! And that you are victorious, strong, and triumphant, and a beautiful, divine, and God-curated destiny awaits you.
Love Always with Peace and Blessings,
If you are battling depression, or know someone that is, here are some resources that are free. Check them out below:
Help Guide: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/dealing-with-depression.htm
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-8255
Sad Girls Club on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sadgirlsclubpbg/