I really don’t like using the word ‘depressed’, and I tense up inside when others use it to describe things that really aren’t depressing. “That cartoon where the chicken died was so DEPRESSING!” No. That cartoon was sad. There’s a difference.
I also don’t like using it to describe myself. The definition of depression is ‘feelings of dejection, hopelessness and often suicidal thoughts.’ Although I’ve felt all of those feelings multiple times, often for long periods of time, I refuse to believe that the emotions I have felt, and currently feel (my social life is in a confusing state, it’s wreaking havoc on my mental health), can be described as the affliction of depression.
The reason I say this is because depression is an actual medical illness, which people take pills and all sorts for. Depression has caused friends of mine to cut scars into their bodies, has caused attempted suicide, whereas my own cutting has been very minimal, and never scarred my body. For me to call my SADNESS, which is what I do call it, something more than I think it is, it would be demeaning the medical problems that so many people across the world suffer from. Depression is not something I think anyone who has been a little bit sad at one point in their life can prescribe to themselves. Depression is so much bigger than getting a bad grade in school and being bummed out.
I must admit, I don’t have the best knowledge of what depression is. I’m not a doctor (and there’s no way I ever will be…eeeuuch!). So please, feel free to disagree with me, and if you have superior knowledge to mine, which is probable, please educate me. I make it a strict rule of mine to listen to everyone’s view before I make my own opinion. I also did not mean to offend anyone out there who feels they have depression, and thinks that I have said you DON’T have depression. If you believe you are depressed, then you are. I just don’t believe I am. I’m thankful for that.
Also, if anyone is having a hard time, please talk to someone, even me. I learned a couple days ago how to help someone when they’re sad, thanks to another blog, so I’d be happy to try and help.
I hope you have a better day than mine has been so far 🙂