Depression isn’t…

… feeling just a bit sad;

… the disappointment when it rains on your beach day;

… an attention-seeking ploy;

… something that a two-minute meditation session on a Monday morning can fix;

… easy to explain in words or voice;

… a choice;

… an invention of millenials who can’t cope with higher property prices;

… something that only women or only men or only fragile people get;

… all that a person is or ever will be;

… always visible or easy to spot;

… fake. It is real.

Depression is…

… feeling so sad you can’t breathe or remember what happy feels like;

… complete and utter hopelessness;

… honestly believing the world would be a better place without you;

… being convinced you are a burden to everyone you know;

… debilitating and not something you can just ‘snap out of’ after one yoga session;

… a real, actual, honest-to-god, scientifically-proven illness;

… living in a greyscale world;

… feeling so low you contemplate ending it all;

… eating one cashew nut a day and feeling guilty about even that;

… questioning your value and worth;

… hard to experience and hard to see experienced;

… short and long and long and short;

… different for everyone;

… something that feels like the end;

… not the end;

… beatable, conquerable, not the measure of you.

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