Are You Sad or Are You Depressed?

Sometimes we get sad. It’s part of life. A lot of people, especially those who have never suffered from depression, think that being depressed and being sad are the same thing. They’re not. When you are sad, you can do things to shake yourself out of the sadness and make yourself happy. However, when you suffer from depression, you can’t shake yourself out of it. When you have depression, you wake up crying, you cry yourself to sleep, your limbs hurt, your tummy aches, there is a constant fog in your brain, you can’t concentrate, you can’t remember things. You may smile on the outside but inside you feel unworthy, hopeless, helpless, despairing, and this mood can last for weeks, months, or possibly years. People don’t know. They don’t understand. You feel ashamed to tell them. They might think that you’re an oversensitive freak. You try to reach out but they run in the opposite direction. They may avoid you. They might be rude to you. They don’t have a clue.

You feel completely trapped and entirely alone. You feel unloved and undeserving of love. Small setbacks seem like catastrophic failures. You exist but you don’t live.

Depression has ruined lives and ended lives.

However, if you have suffered, remember this: you are not alone. One in four people in the UK have gone through what you are going through. They have suffered the despair, the pain and the emptiness that you are experiencing. They have come out of that dark tunnel and they are now enjoying life again.

There are organisations out there that can help you. You can also get free counselling in the UK if you follow the link below. You don’t even need to go through your GP.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/free-therapy-or-counselling.aspx

You are valued and you are loved. This may be part of your life’s journey but I promise that it is not the end of it. One day you will look back and be proud of how you negotiated your way through the fog, emerged from the darkness, and saw the light once again.

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