This Beautifully Written Letter About Depression From An ANONYMOUS Author Will Make You Rethink The Way You See Life.
In the wake of many discussions about mental health, one author felt inspired to speak out about how society views mental illness today.
In the wake of the celebrity suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, one author felt inspired to speak out about how society views mental illness today.
The following letter depicts an insider's view of the inner struggles they have and what it takes to recover:
For someone living with depression, you feel like it's raining every day.
Sometimes it's a light drizzle. It bothers you, but you can still manage to do your job. You might not go out with your friends tonight. The rain's not stopping, and you know it could get worse at any minute. It's safer to get home early while you still can.
Buddies around you start to think you're being selfish or mean, but they don't say anything yet.
On other days, you get a foot of rain. Since you can't drive, you must trudge in your boots through the muddy waters for an hour just to get to work. You get there late, feeling tired, soaking wet and cold. Then you'll leave work early when it starts raining harder. Your boss starts glaring at you.
Then it rains and freezes, so sleet and hail plummet down all around. You may try all day to clear the path to your car, but it's too slippery to achieve much. You give up after getting hit with balls of hail.
Now you're not going anywhere. Your exhaustion makes it too hard to do anything, so you resign yourself to staying in bed.
You wake up the next morning to an unpleasant surprise. The tiny bit of pathway you had cleared up yesterday now lies beneath a solid sheet of ice. You check your phone and see messages from people who want to know where you've been.
If you had the energy to, then you might call them back. You'll do it another time. They didn't get a driveway covered with hail and ice, so they'll never understand why you stayed home. They start thinking you're spineless and pathetic. Plus, they might even say it to each other behind your back.
Then you get the complete flood. You can't go outside because water surrounds you. The water disrupts your power supply and heating, so you shiver in your bed. You eat whatever leftovers are lying around, like half a bag of chips. Now you're not sure when you last took a shower, but who cares? It's better to try and sleep off your fatigue.
Sometimes a hurricane floods your home, and you see no sign of the waters receding. You can't communicate with anyone, and you run out of food. No one can reach you. Do you try to leave when you don't know far away help is? You could drown trying to escape, but you could also die here.
When you live in constant rain and storms, it's a never-ending struggle. It exhausts you. It's not long before you can't find the strength to fight it anymore. No matter how much you hate the weather, it won't leave.
Plus, if a tsunami strikes your home, it could demolish the whole place and swallow you up in a second. It's an act of nature, a destructive force with incredible power. Those living outside the disaster zone will pass by what's left of your house and shake their heads. They can't figure out why it struck here or why you couldn't get out in time.
I'm not sure what Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade went through in their last moments. Some can guess that a tsunami took them down. Others might suspect that they suffered from the long, endless hurricane flooding of grief. Were they trying to escape, or did they give up? Sometimes you can't swim or trudge your way out anyway. We can't tell, but we should try to grasp the pain they went through.
In my experience, no action is going to be effective without compassion. You can't help someone who's suffering unless you have an idea of what it feels like and what it takes to live with it. No one enjoys dealing with this condition, and I know it makes you uncomfortable to think about. Still, there's something we can do.
I'm not suggesting you treat it with a slogan like "keep fighting that wall of water." A beautifully written phrase is not enough. I know you've already been trying for so long to get out of your flooded house because who wouldn't?
I have a different approach. I want everyone to look around. It's time to pay attention to the person who's stuck in their flooded house.
Now go grab a boat and pull them out of there before it's too late. Contact the coast guard to do more patrols in your neighborhood. Those people need you.
No, it's not their problem alone. One day, it might be your problem too, and you're going to need someone with a boat to get you out. Maybe the person who'll come and get you is that guy you pulled out from his home last year before he lost it forever.
It's true that a depressed mental state can be a result of a bad brain chemistry mix. Sometimes it's genetic, and it can come from nowhere like a freak storm. Even though the problem is vast and difficult to handle alone, we can get through it if we work together. It starts by speaking out about what we suffer or reaching out to someone with this disease. Then we can find strength in numbers to overcome it together.
The only way out is by helping each other every day and on every level that we can.
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