So I just searched “How to deal with depression” on youtube and these videos I found raised some very excellent points. (it’s kind of a long post, but please give it a read guys)
1. Depression is not age limited. If you see someone that’s, let’s say, 9 and then go on to comment “You’re only 9, you wouldn’t know what depression is”, you’ve probably gone and worsened how they feel. Depression isn’t something that starts after a certain age, anyone can be affected.
2. People who speak to friends and family are reaching out for help, not being attention seekers. It’s a terrible prejudice when people accuse a friend or a family member of “seeking attention” when in actual fact, they’re trying to reach out for help by talking to someone they trusted.
3. If they’ve become less active then they used to be, they require patience and understanding from friends and family. (This one was more from reading the comments on the video) Someone had commented that due to their depression, they had become less active with friends, feeling like they’re lacking the energy to go out, and as a result they’ve lost friends. I’ve had similar instances where friends were doing stuff, but I turned it down because I just didn’t feel I had the energy to leave the house. It felt like I was pushing my friends away, I mentioned that was how I felt to them and they said that I wasn’t actually and they were proud of me mentioning that to them.
4. You don’t have to struggle with depression alone. Tell family members, friends, teachers, counselors, whoever you feel needs to know. The longer you keep quiet about it, the harder it gets to manage. There will be people that are willing to listen, to help you out.
5. Find a means of escape that is least damaging to yourself and others. Find ways of distracting yourself from dark thoughts, such as music or art, play some games, read a book, write a story. Just keep your head held high and keep living, not for the sake of anyone else but yourself.
6. No matter how tough things seem now, it gets better. These three words that are thrown around so much it has been said they’ve “lost all meaning”. NO. They haven’t. They are very important words to hang onto. Because it will. You will face hardships to get there, but it will get better. (Personally, I’m not there yet, but I hold onto the hope that I will be soon)
I hope this has helped out with anyone struggling with depression too. If you struggle with depression, reach out for help, you are not alone in your struggle. If you know someone with depression, reblog this for them, let them know you are there for them, let them know that their existence is not meaningless, that there are people that care about them, and that there are people thinking about them.
Edit: Important point that I can’t believe that I forgot. 7. No matter what your reason for being depressed, or even if you can’t think of a reason, it still counts. People think that their problems aren’t as serious as others’. Doesn’t matter, depression is depression. Don’t think any less of your depression and think that you don’t have a right to be depressed, because if you’re struggling with depression, you do have that right to say you are. People in the comments of those videos were saying that they couldn’t think of a reason why they were depressed and that going to counseling was a waste of time because they wouldn’t know what to say, don't think that way. It’s better to talk about it then to just hide it away.
You’re all beautiful people and you shouldn’t feel like you need to struggle alone or that you are struggling alone. And remember, no matter how small you think your depression is, depression is depression and you have every right to talk about it that anyone else with depression has.
So yeah, how have you guys been?