Note: This post began as a comment on a blog I follow. Things got a little our of hand and I’ve made it about me. Sorry, sorry.
But in all seriousness, Rachael from loveyourselfgreen.com has written a piece about how she cured her anxiety and depression as a result of trying to overcome a serious illness. Read it– I bet you’ll learn something new about depression and people who have it.
You touched on a point which is incredibly relevant and lesser known about depression- depressed people can appear to be happy! I read this astounding fact recently and wrote about it here. Believe it- depressed people are often the most social, outgoing people you will meet at times (especially when they are taking drugs or alcohol to numb the pain.) What outsiders don’t witness are the days when we can’t get out of bed to fake it till we make it.
I escaped to Europe for a job and came back home again for a guy. The relationship ended because I threatened suicide and he didn’t want to deal with it (turns out I could not hide my depression from absolutely everyone). So then I went on antidepressants myself.
The drugs made me feel like a zombie and it sucked. I drank a lot of cheap wine, watched a lot of bad TV and could barely stay awake long enough to work. I ended up quitting job as a matchmaker because I couldn’t emotionally connect any longer.
I knew something needed to change.