A Truth About Chronic Depression

There is a truth about severe and chronic depression that we all know too well, but not many speak about it. It is something that we experience with incredible frequency, yet I feel as if it happens to everyone, mental illness or otherwise. What happens is we fall. We fall down hard, often and fast. What I mean by falling is not in the literal sense as in falling on the ground, but in the sense that our mood falls. We can be fine and dandy one day, then be in the pits of despair the next. It’s times like this, when we’ve fallen into the depths of depression, that is when these thoughts of giving up arise. It would just be so much easier to continue to lay where we have fallen, throw in the white flag, because getting up seems too hard. Truth be told, it is too hard. Getting yourself out of a depressive event is too much for any one person to handle.

So what do you do when you find yourself falling into the proverbial quicksand that depression is? You get yourself off the ground, no matter how hard it is, and find something or someone (healthy) to prop yourself up on until your legs start working again. The ugly truth is that when you get hit, head on by a depressive episode, everything in your life grinds to a screeching halt, as you once more find yourself in a survival mode where you have no time or energy for anything else. We all have been there, and we all know too well how awful it feels to be in that place. However, like I said, the only thing you can do, is stand up, dust yourself off, and look for the nearest support system you can find. Whether that be your family, friends, professionals, video games, television, movies, a good book, whatever makes you feel at peace.

Then, when you feel like you’ve survived another encounter with despair, you start climbing again. It’s an art form to continuously fall to the figurative ground, and continue to get back up. I myself cannot even say that I’m able to do it without laying in my depression for weeks before gathering the strength to get back up. It’s something that not many people can do. Yet it’s something that we all have to do, just to make it through. So when life gives you lemons, throw those lemons away, and go get what you want out of life. Life is not something that will just give you what you want, you need to take it, by force. So, whenever you fall down, keep getting back up, please, because we need you in this world more than you know.

You may or may not have noticed, that I predominantly wrote a lot of this article based on a prior article called Life On The Fence, and about falling down the hill, and climbing back up. I’ve found that it’s a great article if you’re trying to tell people about your mental illness, but they just aren’t getting it.

Hope you enjoyed reading!!

Wolfgang

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