Depression. Some people think of it as just being sad all the time, but it is so much more than that. Each person that suffers from depression responds to it differently: some cut, some starve themselves, some even kill themselves, but not everyone who is depressed shows it. A fake smile can go a long way. Living with depression is a nonstop uphill battle. You constantly feel as though you’re being held underwater, you scream for help thinking someone is bound to hear you eventually, but they never do. Your lungs fill with water from being held under for so long and eventually you go numb. You don’t feel much of anything anymore. You just smile and hope that it looks real. Even when you want to ask for help you’re afraid someone will judge you or make fun of you. Depression is nothing to joke about, and it is a very serious condition that a lot of people deal with on a day to day basis.
Depression isn’t just painful for the person who suffers from it, it can be painful for the people that are close to them as well.
Though people who are depressed don’t typically tell those around them, for the people that do know, it can be hard to watch their loved ones suffer and not knowing how to help. 50% The percentage of Americans with major depression who don’t seek treatment for the mental illness. As a parent, seeing their child be so down about themselves that they refuse to talk to them (the parent), or the parent sees cuts on the arm and they just say it is nothing, “it was the cat”, is a common excuse for cutting.
Many people don’t even realize that the people around them suffer from depression. In fact, 11% of adolescents suffer from some sort of depressive disorder by the age of 18 (huffington post).