Depression Is Real

I saw someone on Twitter post that depression wasn't real. I know that I should just ignore this troll, but it was something that really bothered me. Saying things like this is not only erroneous but dangerous.

Someone's pain is not something to make light of.

It just seemed a weird claim to make. Probably only made to get a rise out of people and ruffle feathers, but it really rubbed me the wrong way even if I should've just ignored it.

People don't always seek help as it is. I feel that would cause more people to suffer their pain in silence if they believed this person's words. Simply because someone is suffering something you've never had to deal with doesn't mean that it's not real.

My uncle was diagnosed with depression. He had to take pills to balance his chemical imbalance. He wold take his meds, feel better, stop taking them, and then he would wind up feeling horrible again.

In the end his demons won and he ended up taking his life.

So you don't get to tell me depression isn't real. It took away someone in my family that I loved. I was a young teenager when he died, and it was a crushing blow to my family.

I wish our love could have reached him and that he could know he didn't have to suffer alone.

Seventeen years later and I still think about him loads.

I wish people would think about the harmful consequences of their words. Depression is a very real monster and you don't get to minimize the pain of those suffering from it. Give them hope and understanding, lend a listening ear, love them. But don't tell them that their pain isn't real.

 

Meadville, PA

Linda M. Crate is an author, poet, and writer whose works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks and is the author of the Magic Series. You can find more of Linda's works here: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/