Thursday, 21 July 2011
Depression – I feel sorry for the people living with the depressed
I by no means want to lessen the feelings or the validity of the depressed! I believe depression to be one of the most life-sucking diseases there is!
The fact is that the people surrounding that person cannot do much to ease the suffering of the person. They cannot lift him up. They cannot kick him into his senses! They cannot tell him to shake it off! They are totally helpless! It is a depressing situation to be in! For the people surrounding that person!
The depressed person goes into a vortex of black hopelessness. If you are not careful, you get sucked into it as well!
I remember feeling as hopeless as the depression! I was becoming depressed myself. I went to a psychologist to ask how to handle the situation. She suggested medication, but I felt that it did not address the problem, but the symptoms of the problem...
The only other option she gave me was to run on a treadmill to get rid of my anger. Anger - that was what my emotions turned into! Anger that could not be vented! Because poor little depressed person! He cannot deal with it! He cannot work because of it! He cannot be blamed! Because it is the Depression!
You can imagine my feelings about “Depression”! Insert a couple of expletives here!!
I remember running and running on that treadmill! Somehow it did not work! The depression and all of it symptoms stuck with us!
In the end I had to get rid of the “problem”. I had to change “my” life! I could not change somebody else’s life! I had to get out of the situation! I had to save “me”!
That’s why I still feel much more sympathy towards the people impacted by the depressed person!
But I have the utmost of respect for the depressed person who works with his depression, and who wants to get better! The person who do not want to stay in the dark cauldrons of his mind, but who reach out for help!
It is one of the hardest things to do! To work with self! I salute you!
(Photo: Montecasino Bird Gardens)