I pity the fool who says depression is just an act for attention. It’s far from that. Depression is not a choice. It can be induced by chronic stress or absolutely nothing at all. Maybe people will never understand it until they’re forced to go through it.
After I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, I went through a long, hard stage of depression and anxiety. Depression alone is hard to deal with so you can imagine what I dealt with having anxiety, too. I never in a million years thought I would make it through the darkness. I couldn’t be around my own family without feeling anxious. And having an episode of heart palpitations in a restaurant didn’t help either; I couldn’t eat out at a restaurant for months. It was that bad. I couldn’t hang out with friends, even the ones I was closest to. I constantly felt out of breath and had trouble breathing. The only thing I felt comfortable doing was laying in my bed. I ended up having to take an anti-depressant.. at age 14.
I can finally say that I’ve overcome the darkest days of my life. I don’t have to rely on medicine anymore. But looking back, I’m glad I went through it. I’m glad I can relate to those who are suffering so that I can provide the help they need because I’ve been through it. I’ve experienced the pain that they are going through. And I’m here to show them it will be light again soon.
Please do not judge someone because of their condition or lack of motivation to cry for help. Instead, be there for them and allow them to hear the words, “you are not alone, and you will get through this if you allow someone to help you”. You’d be surprised by the difference you could make.