What Does A Person Going Through Depression Look Like?
As cliche as it may sound, it’s okay to not be okay.
The thought of staying positive every minute of the day sounds like a great idea that we all must strive for until you realize it simply isn’t humanly possible. Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe and have reaped the benefits of having a positive outlook on the world, but I can’t deny the fact that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the phases of depression and sadness that I had to go through. Everything happens for a reason.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It majorly affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
Depression is one extreme to another, you’re either so high with happiness or so down that you doubt the world will have color again. And the worst part is that many people live their lives not knowing or denying the fact that they have depression, which makes it even worse and they choose to hide it – behind their best fake smile.
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But what does depression look like?
Mental disorders in general are cumbersome to deal with because they cannot be easily diagnosed like physical illnesses. It’s certainly not something that you have to see to believe. Sometimes you may be having a good laugh and thoughtful conversations with a close friend who may be going through crippling depression and you wouldn’t even be given the slightest of hints.
In other words: there is no face of mental illness.
No face of depression or anxiety. No face of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. No specific look or standard that one can point out in a crowd of people. These illnesses come in every color and in every shape, at different times and through all ages. A person suffering from depression may not “look” like they have depression because we are encouraged to carry on as best we can every day given the circumstances. They won’t necessarily have any outward signs of their condition, but this doesn’t make it any less real.
“Depression affects all personalities and can look very different in various people,” says Jodi Aman, psychotherapist and author of “You 1, Anxiety 0: Win Your Life Back from Fear and Panic.”
“A highly functioning person can be suffering invisibly too,” she says.
Words that shout back to us now
Because of our negligence of mental health and the stigma attached to it, we have lost some of the most beautiful souls that have blessed this world with the gift of their life. Great personalities with amazing talent have shattered the hearts of their fans because they chose to give up rather than reach out for help and the truth is you can’t even blame them for it.
Below are a number of heartfelt quotes we’ve collected by celebrities and well-known personalities that battled with depression. Although their words may not have been enough to save themselves, they are enough to let another person know that they are not alone in this battle.
Related: There have been a lot of misconceptions and myths about depression. Here are 5 Myths About Depression That Should Be Done Away With Immediately.
1. “If my eyes could show my soul, everyone would cry when they saw me smile.” ― Kurt Cobain.
2. “Alone in a world, With millions of souls
Walking in circles
Trapped in their dreams
walking in circles, now
do not disturb
scream in silence
― Chester Bennington
3. “I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.”
― Robin Williams
4. I’ve spent most of my life running away from myself.” – Marilyn Monroe
5. “No matter where life takes me, you’ll find me with a smile. Presumed to be happy, always laughing like a child. I never thought life could be this sweet! It’s got me cheesing from cheek to cheek!”
― Mac Miller