People who have experienced sadness may think they understand depression, but that’s not usually the case. While depression is a serious mental illness, it is often misunderstood. These descriptions from people living with depression provide insight into the pain, anguish, and distress of someone trapped in what many consider a living nightmare.

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They ask, “How are you doing?” But what they mean is, “Are you over it yet?”

Those who suffer from depression know more than anyone that they are not—well—fun to be around.  It is a drag to be at dinner with someone literally crying into his or her soup. Others empathize with your pain…to a point. But unless they’ve spent time at the bottom of the emotional barrel, they can’t really get what it feels like.  They mean well saying something along the lines of, I’ve been sad, dear, and what got me back to myself was a yoga weekend and thinking positive. Gave a fresh perspective! Such a tone-deaf comment can at least for a moment lift the depressed person to a new level—ANGER!

Updated: Sep 3, 2020
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