Thursday, January 31, 2013

Living With Depression II

After reading your comments, I think we all have come to a consensus that living with someone with a mental illness is difficult. It affects everyone around. It can be hard to watch and triggering. That must be very difficult to have someone else trigger your personal struggles day after day. How can you avoid that?

And there is a comment that touched on the fact that depression is an invisible disease. Everything looks fine on the outside, but on the inside you are struggling. I would agree with this. Most days I feel horrible, but people don't know that. I look fine.

My boyfriend and I just broke up and one of the reasons is living with mental illnesses. It is too difficult for both of us. But God knows we tried.

Thank you for sharing your stories with me.

6 comments:

  1. If I get told to "just cheer up" I am going to scream!

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  2. Invisible pain is the worst, especially when I feel ashamed about it and like I have to hide it behind my smile. No more! Cheers to authenticity and letting it all hang out.

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  3. Aww. I know all too well the strain depression puts on relationships! My husband doesn't "get" it. He is pretty practical and thinks I should just get up and do something. *sigh This winter has been better than many, but I do struggle more in the dark winter months. You're not alone.

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  4. I'm thankful that my husband supported me through my years of depression. I believe, firmly, that the support of someone who really cares -- spouse, close friend, therapist, minister/pastor -- can really change things. My husband didn't try to cajole me into happiness. He helped me get the help I needed. He supported my efforts and didn't condemn my setbacks. He accepted where I was (even taking care of the kids after work) and prayed for me. I am thankful to Jesus for my new hope, to my pastor who helped me break through the cycle of depression in my head and for my husband, who is exceptional.

    I hope I am the same support to those I know with depression.

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