“You’re not alone.”
When you’re suffering from depression, it’s not much of a comfort, those words. Because when you’re in that kind of pain, you feel that you are alone. But that’s just what you tell yourself. Because when all is said and done, it just isn’t true.
See those celebrities on the covers of those magazines in the check-out line? Most of the time their happiness is an illusion. To quote REM, “everybody hurts, sometimes”.
Maybe you ask yourself, “if they can succeed even with depression, why can’t I?” The simple answer is, everyone is different, and unfortunately, every depression is, too. Just remember that in most cases it’s something that happens to you – you didn’t create it.
But you can fight it. And that takes courage. To most it’s a silent, invisible battle, because it all happens in your head. But it is a battle, make no mistake. And there are casualties. Just remember, the world is a better place with you in it. Don’t give in – fight back.
You will win. And most likely, you will have to fight again. And again.
But there is help. And there are people who care about you who are willing to help. But it can’t be their decision or even their wish – it has to be yours.
People who suffer from and battle depression most of their lives are some of the bravest people you will ever meet.
You’re not alone.