“People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is a constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go to bed again.”

This quote highlights some of the many misunderstandings that many people have about this insidious illness. Even those living with depression can take a long time to realize and accept that something might be wrong – and that a nagging, permanent state of anxiety and exhaustion, which only alcohol seems to alleviate, is not just a natural consequence of a busy lifestyle.

Imgur user Ekad felt ‘flat’ for quite some time before she, with the help of a supportive husband, decided to see a doctor. With hindsight, Ekad feels like she should have recognized the signs much earlier, and is now encouraging others not to repeat her mistake.

Because there is no shame in depression, and no reason to suffer in silence. Major depressive disorder affects approximately 17.3 million American adults, or about 7.1% of the U.S. population age 18 and older, so you are by no means alone in this.

If you are feeling lost, exhausted, bereft and simply not yourself, go and see a doctor about it!

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