The truth about depression


Unfortunately there is still a huge stigma around mental health, especially depression. Depression 
is often portrayed as sadness or being upset. Reality is that depression is an illness that kills over 7000 people a year. If you've read my previous posts on mental health and my personal experiences, then you will know I suffer from depression, anxiety, mild OCD and Aspergers (a form of autism). However I'm still shocked at the lack of first hand information that people give and how little people talk about their own experiences.

Although I don't take medication anymore I still bursts of depression when it comes out to play. I still go through stages where I don't brush my hair and I stay in the same clothes that I've been in for days.  I have days where I wake up ready to conquer the world, but I also have days where I don't want to be around anyone and just spend the majority of the time crying. But that's ok. It's ok to not be ok and to have bad days. We're not perfect and we're not going to be ok everyday and we are going to have bad days but that's fine. 

Depression for me consisted of staying in the same clothes for weeks, not getting out of bed. Depression is not brushing my teeth or hair because I find it extremely difficult. Depression is not showering for days on end and binge eating or not eating at all. Depression is hating yourself but not changing anything about it. Depression is feeling constantly drained but scared to ask for help. 

The main thing to remember is that we all have bad and down days but that doesn't mean it's depression. Everyone suffers and experiences things differently. One persons experience with depression isn't the same as someone else. Just like how no 2 snow flakes are the same.

HELPLINES

It's ok to not be ok. 

xoxo
Lea-Mai

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