Posted by: quoththesparrow | May 19, 2016

The Real-Life Dementor’s Kiss

Depression is like dementors. People often confuse circumstantial depression with clinical depression. If someone says to you that they suffer from depression that is a huge clue that it’s clinical. Circumstantial depression changes with the circumstance and can be beaten by a change in attitude or action. Clinical depression is much, much more. Clinical depression can be triggered by circumstances, but can also come on without reason. Depression is more than just sadness – it’s like having your soul sucked out. Imagine walking around feeling completely hollow inside and you have barely enough strength or energy to move. All hope seems gone and you feel like you’ll never be happy again. Your only chance for survival is to hold on to the truth.

Even before I’d heard J.K. Rowling’s life story I knew she suffered from depression just by reading The Prisoner of Azkaban. You cannot describe the experience of depression that accurately without having gone through it yourself. And those of us who suffer from depression are not weak. Rather, we’ve had true horror in our life, horrors you can’t even imagine. People who tell someone suffering from depression to simply cheer up, or get over it, or get over ourselves, show that they are ignorant. These are the same people who harshly judge those who commit suicide.

In the US we have a complete lack when it comes to mental health. Instead of digging deeper into the issue to move forward, people are burying their heads in the sand like ostriches, as though they want to remain ignorant. There is such a stigma on mental health and it’s only harming us. Most health insurance plans don’t cover counseling. And just because someone has a mental illness does NOT mean they are insane. Clinical depression is actually considered a mental illness. Going to a counselor doesn’t mean there is something wrong with us. In fact, it’s healthy. It means that we want to get better. Like going to the gym.

So, if someone tells you they suffer from depression, or even if they’re going through circumstantial depression, be quick to listen and slow to speak. Give them lots of hugs, and walk beside them through it.

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