People struggling with depression often wish that others showed more understanding towards their illness. Unfortunately, depression is still surrounded by stigma and ignorance.
With that being said, here are 10 things people suffering from depression wish you knew about what depression really feels like:
1. We’re not lazy.
The popular belief is that depressed people are lazy, despite the evidence that depression is a mental illness with a biological basis. In fact, one of the most common definitions of depression is a state of low mood with an aversion to activity.
Depressed people find it hard to do normal everyday activities, which makes them come off as lazy. However, what you didn’t know is that most depressed people feel a great deal of guilt as a result of their inability to get things done.
2. We can’t just ‘snap out of it.’
Oftentimes, people with depression are told that they should snap out of it by using their will power. However, we need to keep in mind that for a person to have a will in the first place, they need to have adequate levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, the neurotransmitter whose levels are below normal in the depressed brain.
So, telling a depressed person to snap out of it is the equivalent of telling an asthma sufferer to just get over it.