One of the more frequently read posts on the Family Mental Health blog is PMDD Hard to Endure Harder to Explain. I know many of you who have experienced any form of depression can find it difficult to describe what it’s like inside your mind. Your fears about people believing you can be overwhelming. Plus, you may not feel like words come easily to you.
Even when you do try to talk about it, you fear you will sound completely crazy to everyone else. Sometimes it’s just easier for someone else to describe it for you.
Today I found this amazing description of depression from inside someone’s head. I say amazing because I have been there myself and I really get it. Even years after my own depression subsided, this description still struck me in a new way.
Read through it and see what you think. The part that caught me the most was how it said that history was rewritten inside the depressed person’s mind. Everything that had happened in their life was redefined as a fraud and the depression at that moment was the reality.
Wow. That is it. It doesn’t matter how happy or satisfied or confident you may have been before depression, the depression can who you into believing it was all a ruse. That reality is so persuasive that people with depression are you quite strongly about it and the lack of hope to make anything better.
The article does also speak about medication and electric shock therapy. I know the topic of depression treatment can be controversial, but I do agree that severe depression often needs a powerful treatment to stop it in its tracks. The controversy can be for another discussion, but the larger impact of the article can ring true for any serious depression episode.
Here’s that link again: What It’s Like Inside A Depressed Person’s Head
I’m curious what you think of the author’s description. What do you relate to? Have family members been able to help you put your struggling to words?
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Last reviewed: 11 Jan 2013