“I truly believe that depression never goes away but we can all definitely try to find our inner happiness.”
I would characterize mental illness
as a chemical imbalance of the brain where it affects not only someone’s emotions but the way they perform on an everyday basis. Certain mental illnesses are not treated the same as others because people are ignorant to the knowledge of the disease.
For example, people think that people with depression are just sad people without realizing there is so much more to that. I haven’t been diagnosed with depression, but I’ve spent several years being depressed and I know what it feels like.
Through 7th grade all the way to ninth grade, I suffered a real rough patch with my life at home. For those who don’t understand the feeling, please know that when your family life isn’t the best, you feel like everything is falling apart.
My depression affected the way I behaved in school and impacted my grades. I was constantly surrounded by negativity and had no escape. I felt like there was no place to be myself.
Every day, I would walk in my house and I would get knots in my stomach and I felt like I always walking on shells, so my room became my safe space. So 10th grade year comes around and just when things started getting easier, I got another sneak attack of depression with another set of rough patches.
I joined a church, on 10th grade, to relief my pain but the depression came back again. I realized, at that moment, that my depression had come back once again because it wasn’t getting handled and no one was taking me seriously because I was so young.
I felt so empty and alone. I tried to talk to my bishop about that feeling and he disregarded it, claiming I was feeling down because of the weather. But the weather doesn’t affect my emotions.
My advice for anyone who suffers with depression is not to be afraid. Learn, little by little, to cope with the feeling. I truly believe that depression never goes away but we can all definitely try to find our inner happiness.