I often read the Huffington Post. I like how, as an imparter of what’s currently going on in the world, it doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. I read an article earlier today, “Six ways to understand depression for people who don’t really understand it”. Having myself suffered from depression over 20 years ago, I have heard all the unhelpful things people can say “come on you’ll feel better tomorrow”, “we didn’t have this word depression in our day, we had to just get on with life”, “stop being so dramatic”, “what have you got to be depressed about?”, and on and on I could go. I totally resonate with most of the author’s descriptions in the article, but most of all “The “night before dread”” and “The “robot driver”” are near perfect descriptions of how I felt for many years. Please see a link to the article below.
The article also reminded me of a couple of other short passages, which I have found helpful over the years.
“Depression isn’t the illness of a single body part, something you can think outside of. If you have a painful back you can say ‘my back is killing me’, and there will be a kind of separation between the pain and the self. The pain is something other. But with depression the pain isn’t something you think about because it is thought. You back pain might hurt more by sitting down. If your mind hurts it hurts by thinking” (M, Haig, 2015)
“Depression is not selfishness, even though many people see it as such. If your leg is on fire, it is not selfish to concentrate on the pain, or the fear of the flames. So it is with depression. People with depression aren’t wrapped up in themselves because they are intrinsically any more selfish than other people. Of course not. They are feeling things that can’t be ignored”. (author unknown)
I hope the above helps at least one person in having a better understanding of those who suffer from depression.