There is a lot of illnesses that its visible to the human eye like cancer, leaukemia, multiple scelorosis and the list goes on. But there are also a lot of other illnesses that its invisible to the human eye and one of them is Depression.
Depression is hitting people from all walks of life regardless of your age, sex, race or status. Its an illness that not many people could see nor many people know about. Researchers for this subject still doesn’t know why people get depressed. There’s a lot of theories but none can be proven yet. It’s because each case is similar from each other. No one really know if depression is caused by poor lifestyle, bad habits, other related sickness, broken relationships, childhood abuse, or even phobias. But wether your’re rich or poor, big or small, fat or thin, religious or not, man or woman, gay or straight, black or white, young or old depression can just about hit anyone. Others suffers and others don’t.
Those who suffers from depression can be just like you and I. Doing their day to day routine. Go to work, have lunch, share a few laughs, have a drink, play sports and home. Because depression is an invisible illness no one can really tell whose suffering and whose not. If someone has a flu or a broken leg it’s easy to tell but someone who’s got a broken spirit or mind its too difficult to see. And those who suffer can be your workmates, a friend and even a family member. And majority of sufferers rather not discuss it with anyone. Why? It’s because the fear of what people might think of them especially they don’t want people to feel sorry nor want anyone to think that they are an attention seeker and sometimes people might think that they are wierd. It’s really hard to explain to others what depression is all about and even if you try to explain it they still find it hard to understand. I guess no one can really know what depression is like if you don’t suffer from it.
Did you know that Australia has the highest youth suicide rates in the world? And one of the main caused of these is Depression. Those who suffers from depression have at least once thought of suicide and others have tried. Suffering from depression is not something easy to talk about and sufferers are sometimes not feel comfortable about discussing their situation with anyone.
One thing I know is that most people hide it from their friends and from their work place. But at the end of the day, behind those smiling face there’s a voice crying for help. If you’re one of them. Hold on and don’t give up. It might take awhile for you to get over it but eventually it will come to pass. It’s not easy. I know, I’m still there. Take one day at a time and don’t force yourself. Find a new hobby to keep your mind occupated and if it didn’t work try something else. There’s nothing wrong being alone. You can be happy just by doing the things you love the most. Stop thinking of anything that might put you down instead look forward on to what lies ahead. Keep hoping and never lose faith. Be strong and don’t be afraid. And when depression hits pick up the phone and talk to someone or better yet leave where you are and go for a walk. It might not change much but at least the environment you’re in is not the same. Remember, be strong and never lose hope. There is help out there. Depression may be your illness but don’t let it ruin your life.
“I may not be where I want to be but I know someday soon I will get there. I learned that the only person who can make a difference in your life is but yourself. I also learned that it is you who can make you happy. Friends and families have inspired me but it’s up to me to keep the flame alive. I know that God walks with me for every valley that I go through. And for every storm I face, though I grow weary I will keep standing strong. I will keep dreaming until my dreams are achieved. I will keep hoping until the last day I breathe. And when depression comes I know that it’s only for a little while for after a minute or two I would be happy again“.
Milan of Sydney