When we think of someone who is depressed, we tend to picture a sad and teary eyed person. Maybe they are isolating themselves from others and perhaps they are unable to function in a normal manner. These stereotypes are not always accurate. However, they do persist for a reason and it is important to debunk these types of ideas before they have a chance to make their way into the collective consciousness.
I saw an article sometime last week about these posts and it really struck close to home. The photo on the left is of me today after an attack and the one on the right is from one of the best days of my life. The person in both photos has depression and anxiety. There are days when I can and there are days when I can't. There are times when I sparkle and times when I fade. It's important to be aware that you just never know by someone's smile, make up or attire. I have a wonderful life and supportive people in it, but I still feel like I have rats running around in my head. It's no one's fault, it's just depression. #thefaceofdepression #depressionhasnoface #depression #depressionawareness #anxietyawareness #anxiety #breakthestigma
Those who are depressed have become masters at hiding their emotions from the rest of the world. They do not wish to worry anyone or call attention to themselves. Depression causes people to feel as if they are too much of a burden. These feelings keep them from confiding in their loved ones, so they put on a happy face. This mentality is what keeps so many depressed people from getting the help that they need.
This photo was taken just 7 hours before I tried to take my own life for the 3rd time. This photo was taken in the morning, we went for a walk and for some food with Eli. We laughed and enjoyed our time. That evening I took an overdose that left me in hospital for a week. . I had no idea I'd try to take my own life in the morning, I was smiling and loved the way my hair looked hence the selfie. Having BPD (undiagnosed for so long because the NHS wouldn't listen) means that my mood can switch to suicidal in seconds over the slightest trigger. . Suicidal isn't just crying, for those with a troubled life and long build ups to breaking point, it's also snap decisions made whilst your son sleeps in the same house and your loving partner kissed you goodnight hours before. . We need to learn how suicidal tendencies can present themselves beyond our ignorance to the topic. By listening and learning even the tiniest triggers/signs we can save lives. ❤️
In order to change these perceptions and let the world know what depression truly looks like, a new hashtag has been created. #faceofdepression is designed to remove the outdated stereotypes. People who are struggling with depression have shared their photos, as have those who have lost friends and family members to suicide.
Depression has no face. its hiding silently behind a smile, its tears pouring down for hours, its hanging out with your friends laughing like nothing hurts, its sleeping for hours on your days off because you're energy is non existent, its looking nice and going to work everyday even when you just can't care. I don't talk about my battle often, but I'm not ashamed to hide it. Too many people are, too many people can't keep fighting, and each day at a time I remind my self its worth it. The tunnel may be dark at first but that light is there, its shining and it will get brighter, one step at a time. #depression #depressionhasnoface #mentalhealth #girlstrong #keepgoing #letstalkaboutit #mentalillness #itsokaynottobeokay
Most of the photos depict people who seem to be happy. What most do not know is that these smiles hide a sense of worthlessness and hopelessness that cannot be remedied. Chester Bennington, the recently deceased Linkin Park front man, was a prime example. His wife shared a touching video that showed him laughing and joking with his children less than 48 hours before he took his own life.
Removing all of the misconceptions that take place when we talk about mental illness is important. Depression has a number of faces and very few of them are streaked with tears. Depression hides the smiles and laughter. Depression strikes when we least expect it and it can take away the people who mean the absolute most to us.
Recently I saw a post about #faceofdepression. Many people have this idea that depression only affects those who “have it bad” or those who get bullied, teased, etc. None of those circumstances apply to me, yet I was still diagnosed with depression. Yes, I am depressed. Yes, I get sad. Yes, I still get happy. Yes, I still enjoy my life. It’s just very hard sometimes. My emotions are literally a never ending hilly rollercoaster and I give props to everyone in my life who puts up with it. It doesn’t matter if you’re privileged, beautiful, smart, outgoing- it literally can affect ANYONE. I hate having to hear “what do you have to be depressed about?” or “you have it too good to be depressed.” Maybe I don’t know what “I have to be depressed about” but it still affects me every. single. day. Some days I lay in bed wondering what is wrong with me and why I’m like this because it just completely takes over me emotionally, physically, and mentally. I’ve had problems in the past with self-harm, I’ve struggled to handle my emotions, I’ve been suicidal and I’ve been called crazy. But I have now come to terms with the fact that I am depressed and I finally got help and am learning how to cope. I’m no longer pushing it to the side or hiding it in the bushes. I am a face of depression and I’m not afraid to say it anymore 🤷🏽♀️
That’s why you need to share this story to raise awareness about the true face of depression. Let’s all do our part to spread this important message. We would also like to take this time to commend the brave souls who were willing to come forward. People do not become depressed because someone made fun of them. It is an insidious disorder that turns us against ourselves. Please share this story and be sure to make yourself available to anyone in your life who needs someone to talk to.
What does depression look like? Let me tell you … depression has NO face. Both of these photos are of a girl who struggles. Depression isn't always crying on the bathroom floor. It exists behind smiles and laughter. It's found at parties and graduations. It doesn't care what color you are, your age, your gender. Depression doesn't care how beautiful or successful you are. Do you ever hear people say " but they had so much going for them. They were such a happy person. They had so many friends". Because it's true. Some of the kindest people are the ones with so much pain. We need to end the stigma. Depression has many faces and we need to continue to educate and support people with mental illness. Use your voice for people who can't use theirs. Depression HAS NO FACE. #faceofdepression