It’s October which means it’s Depression Awareness Month. And you know, unlike the other big “awareness” cause going on this month, which is Breast Cancer Awareness, I think we actually do still need awareness for depression. Everyone is aware of breast cancer now, so we need money to go to finding a cure, not awareness. But so many people still do not get what depression actually is.
Here comes the “awareness ” part. Clinical depression isn’t a mood. It isn’t the feeling when you fail a big test in school. It’s not the feeling of disappointment when you don’t get that job offer you wanted. It’s not the feeling you have every time you listen to The Cure. It’s a clinically diagnosed illness that disrupts your ability to go about normal life for weeks, months or even years. It doesn’t go away when you pet a cat. It doesn’t stop if you watch a funny movie, or get out of the house. Nothing can lift it except getting help from a professional and/or taking medications.