We never really understand it but it is one of the most easily masked mental health issues many people face. From the young to the old. Depression is not something people makeup, to get attention; nobody in this country would want to pretend about it with the heavily existent stigma on mental health struggles. We abandon our own and blame the devil instead of helping them when we have the abilities to do so.
A parent overtaken by bills, debts and trying to find solutions while keeping up appearance for the world and those they love as they still try harder to take care of their families in this economy.
A young person stressing over jobs, school, their own plans and trying to keep up with societal demands while gauging their own growth and progress compared to those around them.
A new mother dealing with PPD and doesn’t know that she is. A young man going through a phase of overwhelming failure thinking he has let everyone down.
Most nights you don’t sleep, sometimes you want to sleep through the day because waking up means being reminded of that overwhelming shadow of darkness.
Most times, people remind you that you should be grateful that you have this and that without trying to understand what you are going through. Without understanding that you are trying harder by the day to beat it too, but you don’t seem to be able to.
Depression doesn’t mean someone is ungrateful, nor does it mean they are elongating their sadness. Depression is like sleep paralysis, when you feel something is pushing you under and as much as you try to get out, you can’t seem to wake up.
Antidepressants help (only take after being recommended by a professional Psychiatrist), but talking to someone who listens and wants to help you (there are many professional Psychiatrists available in this country, I recommend Dr. Benedict Akimana). Talking helps ease the burden and shows you that you are not alone while struggling, talking pushes you through it gradually.
Healing is not an easy journey, it starts small but it also needs effort from you to actually make it. It needs you to keep fighting with the darkness and to actually want to heal.
Sometimes when people decide they don’t want to do it anymore, its not because they want to punish the ones they love or looking for a simple way out, they are just tired of not being able to find peace.
Recommendation; be emphatic to other people’s situations.