The Hidden Hurt

When I smile, others simply accept it at face value. It never occurs to anyone to  look past that smile. People see just what they want to see.
You see, most people are of the opinion that if the “hurt” isn’t obvious, then it doesn’t exist. If a person has never suffered from depression or anxiety or any similar affliction, they cannot possibly understand the anguish involved or the frustration of not being taken seriously.
Depression is a real thing. It is painful. It is depillitating and it can be completely disabling.  The person who suffers from depression is not just begging for attention. They don’t WANT to feel the way they do.  The person who suffers from depression would give nearly anything to be “normal” and to feel happiness.
The person who suffers from depression doesn’t want to be in actual physical pain along with the emotional torment.  They don’t want to be a “downer” for you. They don’t choose to make you uncomfortable when you don’t know what to say to them or when you don’t know how to help them. The depressed person just wants you to understand that they need some compassion.
Don’t tell them to “get over it” or “snap out of it”. Don’t tell them they have nothing to be depressed about. Just remember that everyone fights their own battle and just because you don’t understand someone’s problems doesn’t make that problem any less painful.

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