It may well hidden, but depression is common. So much so that one in five will experience it at some point. That’s over 5 million Australians.
And I’m not just talking about being down in the dumps. Depression is more than mere melancholy, more than just sadness or sorrow. Depression is a feeling that often doesn’t feel feelings. As a mate once put it, “nothing tastes”. The world has turned grey, sometimes even black. Memories of better times are haunting rather than comforting.
The solution to a failure in the neurotransmitters of the brain and a succumbing to hormonal complexities isn’t to harden up, keep our chin up, or remember those worse off. It’s to admit it and to accept or seek help.
I’m reminding myself today that I’m surrounded by people just like me, people battling depression. We’re all doing it… so let’s do it together.