It’s astonishing to me that some people think that depression is some what of a choice. As if people wake up and choose to live a life of pain, and self hatred. I got news for you, depression is fucking real and it can happen to anyone. I’ve heard people make comments such as “you’re too young to be depressed”, or “how about you just try to be happier?” Hah, ok.
Depression is a monster. It takes over your whole life, takes away your friends, your family, your goals, everything. It is not an escape route, it is not a made up thing, it is real, it is evil, and it is one of the most common illness’ that takes over anyone it chooses. Imagine losing any sense of hope, any sense of life, and sense of happiness. It doesn’t matter how beautiful you are, how popular you are, how smart you are, or how much money you have. Wake up world, it is time to step out of your bubble, and understand this epidemic.
So many people believe that the easiest way to overcome this horrible disease is by another prescription. It’s not that simple. “How about you just go to your doctor and get medication for it.” Oh, ok sure a magic happy pill is going to instantly fix everything. Thank you so much for your consideration and sympathy. It doesn’t just take a pill to overcome depression, and it doesn’t take a couple doctor visits. It takes strength, courage, and support from anyone and everyone.
If you believe that this is made up, you are part of the problem. It’s because society would rather focus their attention on anything else going on in the world, except for the root of the problem. People would rather add to the problem, than to help fix it. You may think your cruel words that you vigorously type behind a keyboard may mean nothing, or that it’s a “harmless joke”, but you are the problem. You pray on those that are already feeling defeated, and you make them feel as though they have nothing to live for. You make people feel worthless and helpless instead of supported and appreciated.
You blame the victim when they ask for help, and you blame the victim when it is too late. You view suicide as a selfish act, or as a pathetic cry. You are the problem. You are a bully, and you pick on those that are already down and you simply don’t care. This isn’t something people choose to do. This is not something that people want controlling their lives, yet you think it’s made up, and you provoke it even further with your pure hatred for basic human decency. Be the better person. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t fucking say anything. This is pretty basic 5 year old comprehension, although grown adults still cannot find it in their brain to be respectful and nice. Would you blame your family member or someone you love dearly if they were a victim? Would you say cruel words to someone you love if they contemplated taking their own life? Would you just sit and watch as someone you love battles this disease? Why is a stranger any different?
Before you go off on your keyboard with your hateful words, and lack of understanding, how about you use your brain for some decent compassion once in a while. No one should have to take their own life, or suffer everyday all because of people who lack the most common idea of morality. It’s not a joke, it’s not cured in a day, and it’s not to be taken lightly. This is a serious issue that most people don’t understand unless it happens to them, and that is simply not ok.
To those of you suffering, you are not alone. You are not nothing. You can get help, and you can defeat the monster inside of your mind, with time.
If you, or anyone you know is a victim, or if you aren’t sure, take action. Be the better person, and lend a hand. Depression can be cured, but if it constantly fueled by hate from those around us, it could only be the beginning. Raise awareness, be kind to people, and offer help, not pain.