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What Depression Has Taught Me

It will never be easy for you or your health. Eventually you get used to it and tend to find ways to help yourself. Don't ever think you will be stuck like this forever. The pain will eventually heal.
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Unfortunately, some of us are battling depression right now. I would like to share it is okay because you eventually get through it. Although others think it is just a stage, just know it is more than that. It is a sickness we cannot figure out. Most of the time, if I am not busy I tend to sleep my life away. If you do the same, some people will call you lazy. Just know you are not. We cannot figure out ourselves or cope fully what we have gone through.

Depression has taught me to be strong, let go, and forget. It's not easy, I know. People have various reasons why they are battling depression. Whether you lost a loved one, lost your job, or even battling substance abuse just know you can get through it. It's easier said then done. Depression can mess with your brain emotionally. Personally, I think depression has been the worst thing I have ever gone through.

Being strong

Of course you hear this all the time is to be strong. People think it's easy to be strong. Truthfully, it's the hardest to be. You wake up everyday to never know how you're going to feel. One day you can be happy, the next you can be sad. It's an ongoing battle with yourself.

Letting go

Letting go is a big step, especially if you are coping from a loss. I've learned to let go of remembering my mom daily. I know it sounds harsh, but I cannot let it affect me daily. That's why letting go is very important no matter how hard it can be. You have to learn to put the past away. Depression has taught me to let go of tragic events, so I could focus on the new journey I have ahead of me.

Bravery

Depression has taught me to be brave and to not be afraid of anything. There was a time where I was constantly scared of loosing someone else in my family. I always worried about my family no matter where I was or what I was doing. It affected my life on a daily basis where I couldn't focus on what really mattered. It's important to be brave and focus on yourself, because that's the most important.

"Depression is like a war you either win or die trying".

You will learn these three things from depression. You can either step it up and learn or let it affect you. People won't understand and that is fine as long as you focus on yourself. Depression will teach you, kill you, or affect you. Learn to get through it even if you have to do it alone.

It will never be easy for you or your health. Eventually you get used to it and tend to find ways to help yourself. Don't ever think you will be stuck like this forever. The pain will eventually heal.

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