I have read a pretty good article about depression in The Guardian today.
In my family there are people who, unfortunately, touched by this illness. On the upside, no, I do not really understand it, as it is not my disease. I do not carry the heavy burden, but I have seen it and what it does to people. Sadly, it transforms you into this person that can no longer see the good in them. They see no reason to leave the bed. They don’t see how much we miss them, only how much pain they are causing us. I have seen it in my mother, in my aunts and uncles, in my friends…..
Depression has become an ordinary word nowadays. There is a difference between feeling sad or powerless for a few hours or days – sometimes weeks! – to be actually depressed. This does not go away. It is subdued by medication, yes. It can be hidden behind smiles and loud talking. But it is there. And in the moments when your thoughts are with yourself, they just aren’t good.
Anyway, here are some of the bits I have liked:
“However, despite the tremendous amount of love and admiration for Williams being expressed pretty much everywhere right now, there are still those who can’t seem to resist the opportunity to criticise, as they do these days whenever a celebrated or successful person commits suicide. You may have come across this yourself; people who refer to the suicide as “selfish”. People will utter/post phrases such as “to do that to your family is just selfish”, or “to commit suicide when you’ve got so much going for you is pure selfishness”, or variations thereof.
If you are such a person who has expressed these views or similar for whatever reason, here’s why you’re wrong, or at the very least misinformed, and could be doing more harm in the long run(…)”
“(…) Depression is a genuine debilitating condition, and being in “a bit of a funk” isn’t. The fact that mental illness doesn’t receive the same sympathy/acknowledgement as physical illness is often referenced, and it’s a valid point. If you haven’t had it, you don’t have the right to dismiss those who have/do(…)”
You can read the whole article here: www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/aug/12/robin-williams-suicide-and-depression-are-not-selfish
Please stay safe. Happy thoughts your way and don’t despair. If listening is all we can do, then by God, we will!