20 Surprising Truths about Depression

I was surprised by how depression can, well, surprise you. So many little things and little letdowns all seem to add up, and I never thought my feelings were caused by something bigger. I always blamed them on a fight with a friend, or my period. It took me a long time to realize how much I was missing out on in my life, and how much I had changed. I remember hearing this explanation of depression somewhere: It got me gradually and then suddenly. Depression is a sneaky little bugger. It was like it built up and built up until I finally looked at my life from outside and saw how much different I had become and how many walls I had put up. It was a very scary realization. I was also surprised at how many people suffer from depression. I used to think that I was a special case -- that normal people didn't get depression and something was permanently wrong with me. Now I realize that none of that is true. --goohead05

I didn't realize what depression was, how hard it can hit or how long it can take to snap out of it. I had broken up with my boyfriend of three years and the toll of the loss just destroyed me inside. I have been extremely surprised lately when I think back at how depressed and completely hopeless I really was. You hear the symptoms, but until you really experience them it's almost like a shock when you can openly say, "Yes, I know what that feels like." I was mostly surprised at how much I suffered. A lot of people think depressed individuals are just somber and in a daze, but it is quite the opposite. I suffered from the extreme physical pain of exhaustion, I had major sweat attacks and altogether was in some sort of mental state out of the ordinary. --shordae

I have been battling with depression for most of my life. I've been on several meds, and now on Zoloft I have experienced how it feels to be alive for the first time ever. No one can understand that unless they have walked a mile in my shoes. In the last seven months, depression has taken such a hold on me that I quit working. I'm a single mom. No, I cannot afford it. No, I am not lazy, and no, it doesn't make sense to me either. But all I know is that I got to the point where I could not make myself get up and go to work in the morning, and every time I think about looking for a job, I start to cry and I just cannot handle it. --countrichick

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