Depression, the topic in which everybody is too afraid to speak about but still affects an incredible amount of the world population. According to Beyondblue, a Mental Health information website, “it is estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition within their lifetime” and also it is estimated that over 1 million Australians suffer from Depression currently. However its large effect upon the population it is still not as brought to attention as would be desired. This is due to a stigma that has become present, although this stigma is slowly decreasing over time, it is still apparent and due to its presence, individuals affected by Depression are afraid to speak out and ask for help. However, those affected should know, as supported by the statistics shown upon Beyondblue, there are large amounts of people who suffer from this terrible and seemingly overwhelming illness, so those who believe they are alone are well and truly not.
It is very difficult though to describe what it is like having a mental illness to those who do not suffer from one, as it isn’t always easy to be able to express into words its debilitating nature or its extensive impact upon those affected. The signs are not always visible to those not affected, but for those who are; they are more than present and often consume the everyday lives of those affected. Depression as I like to describe it is almost like waves that crash upon an individual swimming out at sea, hitting them from every side until they feel as if they are drowning under the heavy currents above, gasping for air under the tide. This is probably not the best way to describe it, and there are definitely other ways of explaining it however I feel as if it is the easiest way to let others understand the devastating effect it can have and how hard it can feel at times to “gasp for air” when often at times it can feel as if you are drowning in fear and doubt, as well as being plagued by sadness.
It isn’t the end of the road though, far from it. Suffering from Depression will be a constant battle within yourself, combating the urge to give up with the power to move forward and at times the first option will seem easiest, but sometimes the hardest options are the best options and in this case I agree. If you are to gain anything from this piece, know that if you are suffering you are not alone as there are always those that care immensely about you and always will, or if you’re not suffering, help a friend that is by being there for them. They will appreciate it more than words could ever explain.