“People pontificate suicide is a coward’s act. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Suicide takes tremendous courage.”
I’ve studied both sides of it: One, as someone who suffered from it silently.
Two, as someone who decided to major in psychology to understand the mechanisms of the brain and mental processes so that I could combat myself and others. It’s not a bruise, bleeding wound or something that can be easily spotted by looking at or speaking with someone. It’s an illness. An illness OF the mind.
Depression doesn’t care how many people love you, what your social status is, how much money you have, or how attractive other people think you are.
IT IS IN YOUR MIND. LOUDER THAN ANY VOICE OUTSIDE OF YOUR BODY.
Sure, there are many treatments but if that voice inside of you is disguising you as healthy/well, how are treatments 100 percent effective? When someone’s life ends as a result of depression, depression like cancer takes over and one of the most common side effects is suicide. They didn’t choose that to be selfish or thoughtless. Depression chose. Ironically the negative public reactions from the misinformed who don’t understand the illness is what drives many into isolation further… Because people attempt to tell them, “you are this or that… You have this or that. Be happy.” If only it were that simple. Then the guilt from “feeling bad” deepens the cycle further. Now you feel you have no one to talk to because someone is going to make you feel bad about “feeling bad”. It’s pretty sh*tty actually.
Why would anyone CHOOSE to be THAT sad?
Unfortunately you can see certain illnesses with the advancements of medical technology, yet you cannot see others thoughts beyond those they choose to share.
Be nice. The person smiling the most could be hiding the most. Making others laugh to distract them from…them.
Before you judge someone’s situation and say something ignorant as a result of your lack in understanding, maaaaybe…just don’t.
“Scars fade with time. And the ones that never go away, well, they build character, maturity, caution.” – Anonymous