It’s hard dealing with someone who has depression. I won’t deny it.
Depression is hard work for both the people suffering and for those supporting them.
I agree to an extent that those suffering from depression can also be sensitive souls.
I should know – I’m one of them.
What I do know is that even though we can be sensitive, it’s no excuse to insult our integrity, treat us like we are ‘mental‘, and deny the fact that there is anything really wrong with us. There’s also one thing you SHOULD NOT say to someone who has suffered from depression.
‘Depression does not exist.’
2 people very close to me have said this to me within my lifetime. Actually, within the last 5 years.
Unless you are one of the ‘depression naysayers‘ (as they do still exist).
I really would have thought that by now there was enough proof that depression existed. That it was real. That people don’t just make this shit up. That those suffering aren’t just moody, sensitive, emotional souls who need to toughen the f%@k up. Depression exists. It is real. I mean, it’s not like I chose 18 years of what was at times hell!
Who would CHOOSE that?!
It still pisses me off to this day.
I’m actually surprised I didn’t bitch slap the people in question at the time, but I was that hurt I think I was stunned into silence. I’ve moved on though, and those people are still incredibly close to me. And I totally understand that depression, for those who have not experienced it personally, is hard to understand. But if you need to understand anything, it’s this:
People with depression need, above everything, support, understanding, patience and tolerance.
With that, they will hopefully make their way through the dark cloud and out the other side into a wonderful HAPPY life.