Greetings and salutations reader. I hope the day finds you well.

sad-manI want to talk to you about something that is not only important to me, but paramount to many people out and about in the wide world. I hate to bring up a bummer that is the word… depression, but I think it is something that needs to be widely discussed. It is a condition I have been struggling with for the past four years. It is something that not a lot of people really truly understand. Maybe to some it means just sad and seeking attention; however, that is not anywhere near the truth. Depression is a legitimate psychological state brought upon by any number of different reasons, events, or in some cases, nothing at all. Merriam-Webster states that depression is “A) A state of feeling sad and B) A serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way”. And the second is what I am here to discuss. It is something that a lot of people go through, more than you may really know. Feeling lonely, disgusting and useless in the world. Not a lot of people truly understand what it means to be depressed unless they have been depressed themselves. And if they don’t understand it, you may have heard phrases like “Well, have you tried NOT being depressed?” Or “Just think happy thoughts and you will BE happy”. Reader, as someone who may not be diagnosed or described as depressed, journey with me for a bit longer and humor me. Imagine that the most important person in your life that brought you immeasurable happiness died a death that was abrupt and tragic. Or imagine that your significant other betrayed you so much that you lost sight of all reason. Or how about imagine that you were raised in a hellhole of an environment with no true prospects of happiness or things getting better. Thinking about any of these realities gives you an inkling of an idea of what it means to be depressed. However, these minor words on paper or the screen are nothing compared to the real thing. I guess overall what I am trying to relay is that even though you may not be suffering from something as personally devastating as depression, please be at least a little understanding and sympathetic to someone who may be suffering from it. Someone you may know may be battling it as I type this, but offering ignorant words (albeit with good intentions) will never help the person in any way. If you suspect someone you may know to suffer from depression and they haven’t come forward publicly about their malady, do some personal research on how to appropriately approach the situation and maybe with a little help, you may actually help someone you care about that has depression. As the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed. Also giving as much love and support as possible to that person does mean the world, even though they may not outwardly show it sometimes, knowing that at least one person cares enough may be the difference between life and death for that person. Apathy and ignorance run rampant in this world and not everyone will understand or even care about my words. However, trust me, human lives do matter and even a little understanding and caring goes a long, long way. Even though this has been a somber posting friends, always remember to stay farbot.

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