It's hard to write about happy, crazy and wonderful things when all you can think about is that someone you love is hurting and you are helpless to make it better. January 24 is on record as being the most depressing day of the year.
I woke up, as I usually do, early in the morning. Always awaken by some thought or thoughts ruminating in my mind. This is for you my dear and for all those who suffer, or who have suffered from depression. Please know, it too will pass. Hang on and know you are loved as there is help to be had. Please don't slip away.
Depression - You are not fine.
Seeking help for depression doesn't mean you're weak. When I was 25 I was depressed. I don't think I actually knew what it was or why I felt like I did. What I felt was nothing. I simply did not care and could not feel. I had no interest in anything and just felt ugh! I didn't know what I wanted to do, or who I wanted to be with, or even where I wanted to be.
It's an overwhelming feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Feeling nothing is the worst feeling of all.
I don't have the answers but I hope my brief blog will provide some comfort knowing depression is real, and to seek help from your loved ones as well as professional guidance. You'll be surprised, you are not alone -- not alone to go through it, and not alone in who is, or has been affected by it.
Please Seek Help
If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:
- Call 911 or your local emergency number.
- Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
- Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
If you think someone is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Sources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration