Obviously the internet is all a-twitter (see what I did there) with the topic of depression.
I’m not a medical professional. But I am a human who trusts in Jesus and has struggled with depression.
So I’m going to share the most helpful resource I have ever found on the topic. It’s not technical. It doesn’t have any big words. But when I read it I felt like someone had put words (no- pictures) to how I had been feeling. I immediately started sending it to all my friends saying: This! This is how I feel!!
I would encourage everyone to read part one and two. Not only will this help you understand how people with depression feel, it will also likely make you laugh and make you want to buy her book (which you should).
Here are three of the hardest things I felt in depression articulated in the most helpful way I’ve found to date:
Obstacle #1: Feeling detached.
When I felt depressed I used to tell my friends I felt ‘Dextery’. I meant that I could relate to the way the character Dexter on the show Dexter feels toward people: detached; like he’s faking emotion. Then I realized that wasn’t the most helpful comparison for my friends. It was making them nervous. Because Dexter is a character who is a serial killer.
Allie was able to help me articulate that feeling better:
Obstacle #2: Feeling misunderstood.
I would try to explain how I was feeling to Christians and they would tell me that God was good. I would say – obvi! I would try to explain that I actually felt SUPER connected to God and in love with Him and trusting Him – and yet – I had a hard time getting out of bed. They would just look at me and explain how to trust God some more.
It felt like this:
Obstacle #3: Accidentally freaking people out.
For what it’s worth – this was helpful to me.
Praying for anyone out there feeling unknown and alone right now.