Depression affects millions of us, and while we are slowly opening up about mental health issues and beginning to banish the stigma that surrounds them, it is critically important to keep open the conversation to foster understanding and empathy for those who may be struggling.


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Sarah Schuster is the mental health editor at The Mighty, and she decided to find out how depression manifests itself in ways other people can't see.

“While most people imagine depression equals 'really sad,' unless you’ve experienced depression yourself, you might not know it goes so much deeper than that,” she writes. “Depression expresses itself in many different ways, some more obvious than others. While some people have a hard time getting out of bed, others might get to work just fine — it’s different for everyone.”

Asking community members on The Mighty Facebook page the question: “What's something people don't realise you're doing because you live with depression?” The response was eye-opening. Below is a list of some of the things that people had to say. Scroll down to check it out.

#1

Struggle to get out of bed, sometimes for hours. Then just the thought of taking a shower is exhausting. If I manage to do that, I am ready for a nap. People don't understand, but anxiety amd depression is exhausting, much like an actual physical fight with a professional boxer.

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Victor Calamity 7 months ago

Anxiety is both draining and exhausting. And yes, it can outflank you like a professional fighter.

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#2

Going to bed at 9 pm and sleeping throughout the night until 10 or 11 am. Then getting out of bed is the hard part. Showering is also a struggle. Trying to keep the house tidy. Watching hours upon hours of Netflix but not even interested in what I'm watching because nothing really interests me anymore.

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Lodogg 3323 7 months ago

Already killed Netflix and Prime, working my way through Hulu currently... I’ve seen every season of everything. Some twice.

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#3

I don't like talking on the phone. I prefer to text. Less pressure there.
Also being anti-social. Not because I don't like being around people, but because I'm pretty sure everyone can't stand me.

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Victor Calamity 7 months ago

GET OUT OF MY HEAD...this is me!

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#4

I can deal with depression, I can't deal with people who say "we all get sad at times, get over it" "I'm depressed too, I get on with my life" depression isn't the same for everyone. I'm glad some people can cope easier but I can't.

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Hope Floats 7 months ago

I can associate with this...I get told to 'snap out of it'..'Pull myself together''...''You're such a bore''.....I wished sometimes that these people could spend just one hour in my shoes and have barked at them the same put downs...

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#5

Agreeing to social plans but canceling last minute. Using an excuse but really you just chickened out. It makes you think that your friends don't actually want to see you, they just feel bad. Obligation.

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#6

Sometimes I'll forget to eat all day. I can feel my stomach growling but don't have the willpower to get up and make something to eat

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Hope Floats 7 months ago

I unfortunately do the opposite,'over-eat', as food sometimes is the only comfort i have...

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#7

Hiding in my phone. Yes, I am addicted to it, but not like other people. I don't socialize, I play games or browse online stores to distract myself from my negative thoughts. It's my safe bubble.

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Analyn Lahr 7 months ago

Me too. I much prefer games.

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#8

In social situations, some people don't realize I withdraw or don't speak much because of depression. Instead, they think I'm being rude or purposefully antisocial.

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Hari Onago 7 months ago

I can understand this but in relation to my, sometimes, overwhelming anxiety.

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#9

Say that I'm tired or don't feel good all of the time. They don't realize how much depression can affect you physically as well as emotionally. I have a hard time finding energy when I'm in a depressive cycle. That means I don't stay on top of stuff & let things slide (like house work) because I use all of my energy for what absolutely has to be done. Then I have none left for anything else. When I'm depressed, we eat out more, my house chores fall behind, & I binge watch TV or read to escape. But the energy, that's just gone.

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Brian Beims 7 months ago

And the pain in every joint and muscle because I work over hard compared to others, doesn’t help, either

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#10

I used to live with depression. People didn't seem to notice it because I was always smiling while talking to them and making jokes which made my personality look bright and joyful, while I was actually dark inside, full of sadness and lost hope.

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Celeste Munoz 7 months ago

Man, that is so me!!

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