Snap Out Of It. This is a phrase I despise. I have heard this phrase countless times in my life. It was not until my diagnosis of depression that I really learned to dislike it. Once I was educated about my illness I realized it was not something I could do like others wanted me too. I know deep down I have always known this because if I could simply “snap out of it” I absolutely would have because I do not like how I feel at all. I do not like myself. I feel unworthy because I do not live up to what others expect.
People have told me not to worry about what others think. That is extremely difficult. A lot of people in my life do not understand this illness. Some people try and I am thankful for those people in my life. The truth is unless someone experiences the illness themselves they cannot fully understand how someone feels when they are depressed. There are people out there that genuinely want to help and just do not know how to.
Just speaking from experience I know what it is liked to be judged and have people think that I have issues that can be swept under the rug and simply just forgot if that is what I want to do. I really wish it was that easy. I would love to just think this away. That would be nice.
If you have mental illness you probably know how I feel. And if you do not have mental illness but deal with someone who does please be kind. Please try and understand that what they are going through is often confusing and scary. Try to show some compassion. What people with mental health issues need is caring and support.