No question about it—depression is a mental illness that is incredibly hard to tackle. It’s been said that 6.9 percent of the population of the United States suffers from some sort of depression. With a stat like that, it’s safe to assume some of you are suffering as you read this.
Well, a recent hashtag started trending on Twitter: #TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs. Immediately we were drawn to it. After all, we are well aware of depression; in fact, Nicole even has a chapter dedicated to depression in her book. We were interested to see the statements that would come out. Here are nine of them we can’t help but talk about.
As a sufferer of depression, this is easily one of the worst. It’s a mental illness, not an easy fix. Fixing depression requires counseling, and medication in some cases.
We read the forums, and we know this one to be VERY true. The truth is you shouldn’t feel ashamed by talking about it. We’re talking about it. You need to find a loving, caring community that you can be open with. That’s a must. Don’t live in this alone.
We are a community and have a tremendous amount of girls who are willing to listen. But that’s not always enough. There are resources we recommend, like My Broken Palace. They have trained professionals wanting to listen and help in any way they can.
It’s an incredibly dangerous path to go down. If you see someone struggling, the worst thing to do is tell them “it’s going to be okay” or to “snap out of it.” The reality is it’s a mental illness that requires a professional counselor. The best thing to do if you see a loved one struggling is to say, “I’m here if you need someone to just listen.”
How many times have you felt unable to go to work or school because of depression? So true. More needs to be done here with this one.
For someone who suffers from depression, that guilt often leads to an even more depressed state. It’s a dangerous, dangerous path. Again, if you know someone who’s struggling, remind the sufferer you’re there for them and that it’s okay.
Listen to “Migraine” by Twenty One Pilots and you will understand all.
You have to come to the conclusion yourself that you’re ready to get better. It comes from you. As much as it hurts, as daunting as getting better sounds, the truth is there are people who can help. We thank God for giving those people that gift.
THIS, SO THIS.
Are you suffering or do you know someone who’s suffering from depression? This isn’t easy—this is incredibly hard to handle. If you know someone, pray for God to give you the words to say. But remember, sometimes it’s better to be silent. We plan on really opening up the discussion on this mental illness more as we see it’s a VERY important thing to talk about.
We want to be an inspirational place, but we also want to be a place that all can come to. We love you all and don’t want you to suffer alone.