I didn't even realise how many people in this community that always seem bright & happy are struggling with serious depression and losing motivation in life. And somehow even tho I've been trying to help I don't know if it's ever gonna do anything good or change their day to the better. It's really tough for me to understand depression since I've never had to deal with it, or ever had any bad thoughts. I always see the positive in life and maybe one day people who are suffering will see the positive too.
I guess this one goes out to all the people finding it hard to keep their chins up. Just know that there is always someone out there that you matter to. Someone always cares. And know that even if the times seem dark and you feel like you're stuck in a tunnel, eventually you're gonna find happiness in something in life and it's gonna be great. Know that you're not alone and that you're loved.
And to anyone who knows someone who is struggling. Show them that you care, do a nice service for them. Make it your priority to make them smile at least once a day in some way because it may motivate them to keep going one day at a time. So try to be nice to people, because at the end of the day you don't know what they may be coping with or struggling with.
I really just wanted to get this out there. I don't know if it's even gonna help anyone. But if you're reading this and you're struggling with depression, please don't give up and keep your chin up and live in the moment. Don't overthink the future, don't live in the past. Take every day as it comes and try to look forward to things that make you happy. Life is too good to throw away, even if it seems hopeless, eventually you're gonna find happiness. You won't know unless you try.
I have MADD (Mixed Anxiety and Depression Disorder) and it comes in waves.
When I'm in a downswing I tend to have some dark thoughts about myself and my usefulness and how much I mean to people, or how much people actually enjoy me and my company. Sometimes I feel that people are just trying to be nice and can't tell me they actually hate me.
I can say for people like me, hearing what you've said makes a world of difference. Remember to tell your friends what they mean to you, frequently. Sometimes depression doesn't have signs, even when it is severe. If You don't tell them, they may never hear what they needed to hear, when they needed it most.
I can tell you, as someone who has someone very close to him dealing with mental health issues, a simple reach out like this goes a long way. So does inviting them out places, even if you know they likely won't come, let that be their call to make.
And to those who are struggling, the best thing I've been able to see is to talk about it. Don't hide it from people, educate them on what it's like.