A friend shared the below quote with me, this evening. We spent a good hour taking about depression. He shared some insight into his past and details of his present state of mind. I did the same. I found that we shared much in common. Years of living behind a stigma (we both grew up in the 80s) and facing the demons now.
I’ve been in a bad place, especially recent. I’ve spent the greater part of my life, since my teenage years, believing the stigma behind depression – “just get over it,” “pray and you’ll feel better,” “suck it up,” “men shouldn’t be sensitive,” “why are you crying?” *Insert appropriate comment here*
I fought back, believing I didn’t need help or it wasn’t a part of me. I believed the stigma. I still fought it as an adult. I couldn’t accept I was depressed or needed help.
We are not the product of our situation or environment. We are not defined by what is in our minds. In the same way, depression is there no matter your situation or environment. It is not dictated by either of those. It is a part of the individual. It also doesn’t make You or I bad or awful people.
I love Robin Williams. I’ve always looked up to him. He’s been a source of happy laughs for me since I was a kid. I could say more, but this quote says a lot.
It speaks to me.
…it is me.