Anybody who has experienced depression? Or who is? Please help. :) Thanks. Just anything you do know about being depressed, you can comment.
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I spent a lot of years dealing with severe clinical depression.
It is insidious, it creates a cycle that perpetuates itself that can be very difficult to break without some form of professional help - either therapeutic or medicative.
It's a lot more subtle than people assume. On a surface level, anyway. It's almost like a sense of boredom. It felt to me like I was walking through life with a wet, heavy blanket over me. Everything seemed almost muffled, I felt tired, it felt like it was a hassle to get up, to go somewhere, to do things.
Things that would normally make me happy stopped doing so. They just became... kind of alright. They didn't suck. Things that used to just be dull started feeling like this huge mountain of obligation that I had to climb, and something that I would want to avoid.
People telling me to 'cheer up' or that 'things will get better' just pissed me off. I started almost resenting their happiness, I felt like them telling me to just look on the bright side was almost a form of them mocking me. I wanted to be left alone. I started avoiding people, I stopped answering my phone, it took me weeks to reply to an email or anything.
Everything seemed like it would take a colossal effort to do. It seemed so tiring, so pointless.
The thing is though, it's usually just biochemical. It's often just a case of chemical imbalances in the brain, which can totally be tweaked with anti-depressants. Which can then get you feeling well enough, energetic enough, to address any of the issues that were starting to cause the spiral down in the first place.
If you want to talk about things more specifically, send me a pm. This is all fairly generic because there is no real context.1