by Genjourist Vranda Sharma

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A word so small hides thousands of emotions in it. A word so accurate enough to define a mental illness. Yes! A mental illness. The one who remains in the aura of silence and inner destruction usually is carried away along the winds of depression.

I have a problem and it’s called other people. Other people are better than me. Other people are better friends, better wives, better daughters, and better sisters. Other peoples’ lives turn out to be better than mine. They get what they want. Their dreams come true.

Other people other people other people

Who are they? Who are these other people?

It’s too easy to scroll through your Facebook timeline and compare yourself with others. Isn’t it frustrating to understand a problematic behaviour and watch yourself do it anyway? Why compare your insides with someone else’s outsides. Is it a necessity? No, absolutely not. When you start to believe that you aren’t so good, then there is this worm which starts gliding inside you and that’s called depression.

Depression wants to steal the joy of your life, but you don’t have to let it. Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue. A complex problem like depression is much larger than one scientist or lab can handle. One way to deal with your depression is to simply acknowledge that it exists, and be open about having it. No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten.

The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing of clothes. No, the worst kind was when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it – same is the case with depression. Beware of the rush to label yourself as “unfixable”. First, depression is not just another “plain vanilla” illness. Each person’s episode of depression come in a variable pattern over time that makes his or her experience of illness unique. Everyone experiences an occasional blue mood; depression is a more pervasive experience of repetitive negative rumination, bleak outlook, and lack of energy. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with depression cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better.

So, as you can see, depression is not just sadness. It can affect you mentally, through feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness, and cause loss of motivation and poor concentration. It can affect you physically through changes in weight, sleep patterns, and lower your immunity. But even though depression can cause you to feel helpless and hopeless, there is always help, and there is always hope.

Try to understand that you’re a miracle because you have been one. It’s your life and it’s given to you because you were worth it and wasting it by being entangled in the threads of depression is surely not a way of living it. And if I can overcome it, so can YOU!

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