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"It's not real" -- It sure as heck feels real. So real it IS my reality on a daily basis.

"It's just an excuse to get out of doing things that other people have to" -- I'd love to do thing other people are doing, and I'd relish in being happy when I do so.

"You're just a little sad, you'll get over it" -- Depression isn't just 'feeling sad sometimes'... it's feeling sad ALL the time for what seems like no reason at all.

"Just grow up! Everyone is depressed, you just have to deal with it like everyone else!" -- Stop using everyone else to justify your insensitivity to other people's conditions (also, most of the people suffering from depression are adults, you don't get much more 'grown up' than adult).

"You're not suffering from anything, you're just lazy, ungrateful, and being silly" -- Ok, because obviously I LOVE feeling miserable, worthless, and stupid all the time...who wouldn't...?

"Stop using that as an excuse to not do anything." -- If I could manage to do something about this, I would.

"All young people go through that phase, it'll pass" -- and when it doesn't?

"You have everything catered to you, what do you have to be depressed about?!" -- I can't imagine.

"Stop trying to get pity by acting all hum-glum all the time! If you 'act' happy you'll BE happy! -- Because every role an actress plays is who she is, right?


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95% of the people you ask about depression will classify it as a mental condition which can be cured, treated, or even avoided given the right circumstances.

                                                                         The other 5% will tell you what it is from experience.


Depression isn't an excuse to give up. It's a cause and reason for someone to stay in the shadows, watch the world pass, hoping people around you won't notice the tears in your eyes or the marks on your arms. It's a ripple effect from something that happened to someone, something that caused them pain and suffering.
Something they fear they cannot share with the world, even the part of the world which cares for them.

Depression isn't just a sad feeling, it's a broken feeling. Nothing you do goes right, everything you touch fades, and you are the worse human being on the planet feeling.

It's not a fad.
It's not a trend.
It's not a crutch.
It's not an excuse.
Depression is real, please stop pretending it's not.


To those who will turn a blind eye because it doesn't effect them or because to them someone depressed is just someone who is weak-- who doesn't want to see the good in life or put a smile on their face regardless of their circumstances... If it were you, would you think different?
Would you turn a blind eye then?
Could you walk away from someone crying from suffering and internal pain, even when there is no blood showing the wounds?


Not all wounds carry visible scars... and even then do, not all of them are skin deep.




I want you to (today or tomorrow) step up to someone you love/care about-- someone you think may be suffering from depression-- and I want you to reach out to them. To hug them, to tell them you understand even when you don't. Be that one voice amid the naysayers that shows them there's still good in this world.
Show them you know their depression isn't just a ruse, an excuse, or a farce to attention.
Remind them of how wonderful they are, how much they mean to you and to the world. Hold them tight to you and tell them you love them no matter what.
Look past the scars, the tears, and the broken pieces and try to help them rebuild themselves by being the glue that puts them back together.
Thank you~

-Kato
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xX-Vortexis-Xx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't know if it's depression, but I feel depressed all the time, and everyday I'm so exhausted. I must put all my energy just to be able to be able to "support" the day.
Want to cry everyday and have suicidal thought more than once a week...
I tried to seek help and see a doctor, but he told me he didn't "had time"... So I lose faith...
I searched many years to try to know what I have. With no success......
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melaniewontwakeup Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I feel like depression can't be helped by a person. Or maybe I haven't found that person. I need a nap.
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Karategirl2012 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suffered MUCH depression when I watched too much anime.
Please don't switch to anime.  It won't help XD 
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kaia2cool Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Artist
That isn't depression. You are ruining the meaning of this piece of work. 
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Karategirl2012 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT IS DEPRESSION.  you just don't UNDERSTAND my feelings.
hurrrr
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BrittneyXZayn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

It's a cause and reason for someone to stay in the shadows, watch the world pass, hoping people around you won't notice the tears in your eyes or the marks on your arms.

 

I left at that.

You need to see someone if you are upset FOR NO REASON. If you're being bullied, yeah, I understand that, but sad for no reason is insane.

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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
It's advised that anyone seek help if they think they may have depression, if only to see if it's depression or just stress (which can cause symptoms similar to depression but they don't linger once the stressful situation is curbed). 
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BrittneyXZayn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Mmkay

 

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MarianaFuzaro Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes it's not really ignorance, it's religious (or moralist) dogma. Some religions say depression is a sin, or a demon, or lack of faith. Since this kind of people are unable or unwilling to reason, the only thing to do is to stay away from them. I simply refuse to "be cool" or respect who doesn't respect me. I treat these people as coldly as possible.
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FiresprayMando Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true. I love what you write...
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