Depression is different for different people. While there are similar experiences and feelings, there is no typical pattern that everyone has.
However your depression feels to you is real, and just as valid as anyone else’s depression.
It can hang on for long stretches on time from a few weeks to a few months. It can seem to go away and then reappear without any warning.
Some people have periods of the day where they are mostly fine only to wake up feeling the darkness of depression covering them like a black blanket in the morning. Depression can feel like the enemy.
There is no normal way to have depression because depression is not the normal way for the brain to behave.
There are organic differences in the brains of people who suffer from depressive disorders. It is a real illness with physiological evidence. Anyone that tells you that it is not real has not done their homework.
One of the worst things about having depression is that people will invalidate you and tell you that you are being a baby. They are able to shake off their sadness and frustration …so why can’t you?
Well, it does not work that way. People with depression cannot just shake it off or will themselves to get better. There is no magic pill to take or fairy wand to wave.
Depression haunts you and threatens you.
Medication can sometimes help but it is not a magic pill that cures you.
If you are suffering with depression, please know that you are not alone. There are many bloggers that write about depression. You can find support here so that you will not have to feel completely alone.
People with mental illness are threatened and tormented by their own brains just like people with physical diseases are threatened by their own bodies.
In addition mental illnesses like depression also cause physical pain. There is a real feeling in the body that depression causes. It is different for different people but there is always pain in the body.
Don’t give up. You are not alone. Your mental health matters and you have just as much of a right to feel well as anyone else does.