Depression takes a toll in people’s lives. It affects all areas such as, work, family, relationship, and health. The thing about depression is that it makes you do things that people don’t understand. It’s frustrating when that happens because it is not your intention to create misunderstandings. Even though society is becoming more aware of mental disorders, there is still a lot of stigma out there and because of that many of us experience unfair treatment. The following is a list of 10+ things people don’t realize you’re doing of depression:
- People think you’re seeking attention, when in reality you want someone to understand.
- People think you’re rude because you stop socializing and speaking much.
- Friends and family feel like you’re cutting them out of your life because you withdraw yourself. They don’t realize this happens because you have no energy to share with them, and you feel unworthy of socializing.
- You get accused of not having a sense of humor anymore. It’s not that you can’t laugh or smile, but they don’t comprehend how difficult it is to express yourself.
- Friends and family begin to think you have an eating problem, but don’t understand your eating habits changed because of depression. There is no in between you either eat a lot or too little.
- In a relationship your partner may think you’re not attracted to them anymore. They don’t acknowledge that depression can lower sex drive and make you feel empty.
- During social gatherings you use your cellphone as an escape. People perceive it as impolite but aren’t aware that it’s your “shield” from forced interactions.
- People think you are being overly sensitive for feeling everything deeply.
- Family members think the reason you’re so tired is because you are watching Netflix all night long or are on social media. The truth is you’d rather stay up all night distracted than being consumed by destructive thoughts.
- People get offended because you snap at them or come off rude. They don’t sympathize with your struggles and see your behavior as childish and immature. The truth is you feel guilty after realizing how you responded.
- People think you are an obsessed fan of movies, books, or tv series, when in fact you use it as a means of escape.
- People think you let yourself go but keeping up with hygiene and dressing well is a hassle. So instead, you walk around with whatever you found on the floor.
- Your friends think you are ignoring them because you cancel at the last minute. When deep down inside you do want to see them but believe its better to be alone.
- People think you are being a perfectionist when doing something important, but in all honesty, you want validation from others to feel better.
- You excessively play videos games, and family members don’t like that. They think you’re addicted and that you’re using it as an excuse to not get things done. They don’t notice you’d rather be gaming that withering away with harmful thinking.
- Professors believe you’re an irresponsible student for not turning things in on time, and not getting the best grades. They don’t see you’re struggling to even get to class.
- People think you’re lazy because you are always sleeping and have zero energy to get chores done.
- People think your having a bad day because you forgot to take your pill. When in fact your antidepressant isn’t a magical happy pill that will make your problems go away.
Depression is a lot more common that you think and those with it struggle immensely. It is a mental illness that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It can destroy people’s lives. Depression is an unforgiving illness and will not cut you slack. Thankfully, progress has been made and society is starting to become aware of it. What other things you do that people don’t realize it’s because of depression? Let me know in the comment section below.
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