What Is Depression?

I’m pretty sure most of you here already know the answer to that question. Unfortunately because most of you have lived with it for months or years or maybe even your whole life. I’m sure that you’ll agree that depression is more than just sadness. It is an almost unexplainable emptiness. It’s like someone replaced your heart with a void of nothingness. Of course there is sadness, sure, but it is sadness and somebody turned the dial to 11 by mistake. This overwhelming sadness would be manageable, I think, if that’s all there was. This sadness strikes us often, and usually without warning or meaning. It’s like a virus that suddenly takes over your whole body, like a cold. You wake up and suddenly, you’re depressed. Yeah, doesn’t happen exactly like that, but I hope that you get my point.

To make matters more complicated, depression is a thief, and a very skilled one at that. It steals your energy, motivation, and planning capabilities. Most days, you just lay in bed staring at the ceiling, or scrolling through Facebook. Well, that’s what you want to do, but life doesn’t get put on hold just because you can’t get out of bed. I mean it should, in my opinion, as this can quickly become a matter of life and death if not managed correctly. So most days, it feels like you ran a marathon in your sleep, you’re more tired than when you went to bed, and you just want to vegetate. Bills on the other hand, couldn’t care less. So this means you still have responsibilities to uphold.

So depression, being the shifty thief that it is, steals from you everything that makes you feel alive. To avoid being caught, it replaces what it steals with sadness, loneliness, and a general feeling of worthlessness. Even when we catch it in the act, depression lies it’s way out of any compromising situations. I mean if you think about it, I willingly let them shock my brain, in order to get relief from depression. Depression is like the neighbor that doesn’t mow their lawn, leaves the garbage can at the street all week, and let’s their unruly pets off leash to crap in your yard (don’t get me wrong I love animals). The truth of the matter is, that you can’t deal with this on your own. I would love nothing more than to say that you can, but depression is ruthless. The only way that you will get a glimpse at inner peace, is if you let others in to help you. I’m not even saying professional help, though that is a great place to start. If my life has taught me one thing, it’s that everything is easier with help. So if you’re depressed, and you’re reading this, get some help. Whether it be a family member, a therapist, a stranger, a social media friend, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you do, don’t try facing depression alone. It will chew you up and spit you out, without a second thought. I don’t mean to sound overly gloomy either. Depression is a dragon that you can slay, just with the right team. There is hope, there is always hope. So don’t let anybody tell you different. You can beat depression, it sure as hell ain’t easy, but it is possible. Just get as many people as you can in your corner, and lead the charge!

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5 thoughts on “What Is Depression?

  1. Thank you for this explanation. I try to tell people sometimes that depression isn’t just sadness and crying; there is anger, defeat and emptiness as well. I always get, “How can you be depressed, you’re not sad?” Keep up the fight, you are right, it’s not easy but it is definitely worth it.


  2. You bring up a good point about bills piling up and being forced to go into work anyway. I wish employers would give people mental health break days as it’s extremely crucial especially during these trying times. Thank you for your post.


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