Life is by no means easy, but when you are mentally unwell or are struggling with personal issues, life seems to be almost impossible to even see as being any good anymore.
Depression is among the most disabling and hard to deal with illnesses out there. It's next to anxiety in the most common department, and it is a real illness.
Yet, people continue to insist it is the person's fault or is something to just get over from... and that is the hardest part about the illness, it can't be undone with the flick of a switch.
My name is Daniel, I am 19, and life has changed for me ever since graduation. College was something I wasn't looking forward to, and I was always a fairly lazy type of guy with no
big goals or aspirations. As I grew older into my teen years, depression and anxiety caused intermittent disturbances but did not cause suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting others.
It was not until I got older that depression became more serious and disabling. and it wasn't until I turned 19 that the fun really began. I became consumed with depression, anxiety, and my ability to cope was beginning to leave me. I then realized that I was suffering a monster, something that I never thought would get worse as I aged. But when I look back, depression was with me, but it wasn't the way it manifested once I turned 18. What came next was something I never could have anticipated.
a severe depressive episode that was so dark, so painful, I was in shock. The severity of the depression was something I never want anyone to feel, yet, what was causing it?
my years of being bullied? family issues as a kid? or was it my lifelong stutter? was it my social anxiety that never went away that caused clinical depression? I had no idea, all I knew, was I was suffering, and it was truly a horrific experience that I never want to go through again.
Depression, anger, anxiety: three things that became a part of my identity. They became a part of my identity, and you know what? They can leave my identity...but this is a battle that is not our fault, that is a victimizing disease, and mental illness? yeah, it is real folks. Mental Wellness and unwellness are real concepts that need to be taken seriously.