I’ve read many stories and watched many videos on individuals trying to explain their encounters of people questioning if they are really depressed. There are many misconceptions on what depression looks and feel like.
I was reading a comment, forgive me I can’t remember which site, but she caught an Uber ride home. The driver naturally sparked a conversation and asked her about her day. She explained to him she was leaving her appointment with her therapist because she’s battling depression. His response was, ”you don’t look depressed.”
Of course, she felt the need to explain why she doesn’t look depressed. Furthermore, proceeded to briefly explain to him not everyone carry’s their depression on the outside.
That lead me to thinking. There are many people walking around dealing with depression and life and we have no clue. Depression isn’t always ugly, sleeping all day, crying, not eating, and withdrawn.
Depression Can Also Look Like:
The car pool mom that’s always smiling wishing the kids a great day and cheering them on, on the way to school.
That single mother working two jobs, making it look easy, and doing it with hair, nails, and makeup done.
That office worker who make sure the company doesn’t miss a beat. The go to person in the office that make sure everyone is ok.
That coach or teacher coming to school everyday giving all they have to ensure our kids has the best education and chance possible.
That waiter or waitress who is always smiling and looks happy to be at work serving your favorite dish.
The bus driver greeting you on the bus every morning, afternoon, or evening.
The kid that is the star athlete at their school.
The kid who has a 4.0 and makes it look effortless.
That stay at home mom that everyone wish they can have the life of.
And a million others out there, doing an amazing job hiding their depression.
The point is, just because someone isn’t crying, doesn’t mean they aren’t having dark thoughts and emotions. Usually, it’s the person we least expect. It’s important now more than ever to check up on your loved one’s, coworkers, and friends. WELLNESS: EVEN THE STRONGEST NEEDS A BREAK Unfortunately, what depression look like isn’t always the same.
To be clear, there are many forms of depression. If you or anyone you know are having dark feelings or thoughts and need to talk to someone please seek professional help. You are worth it. You are special and you matter.
Be well on your journey.
Be you so you can be fee.