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Apart from the psychiatric disorder and randomly dislocating body parts I'm relatively normal
twloha:

We’re celebrating 8 years of conversations that started like this. And the cool thing wasn’t that people got to tell our story. It was that people got to tell their story, or the story of someone they loved. And suddenly, people were talking about things that weren’t normally talked about, and it made them realize that they were not alone.

twloha:

We’re celebrating 8 years of conversations that started like this. And the cool thing wasn’t that people got to tell our story. It was that people got to tell their story, or the story of someone they loved. And suddenly, people were talking about things that weren’t normally talked about, and it made them realize that they were not alone.

Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your lifelong passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation.
Depression is humiliating.
If you’ve never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life.
It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too.
Depression is humiliating.
No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you’ve never had it doesn’t make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.

—Pearl (via psych-facts)

(via ashcanranting)

reminders to friends of chronically ill people:

pissbloc:

  • if we actually say it hurts, that means it REALLY HURTS
  • if we dont say it hurts, it probably still hurts
  • if we spoke up every time we were uncomfortable/in pain we would be yelling constantly
  • never ask if we’re “still sick”
  • never act surprised that we’re “still sick”
  • we’re probably gonna be still sick forever so please just be supportive and remember that we’re in pain all the fucking time and thats why we’re slow and forget stuff and flake out on you

(Source: pissabled, via mylifewithhms)

deliciousdannydevito:

shoutout to young adults with debilitating conditions who feel like their lives are stagnant or regressing, while everyone else moves forward

we’re gonna be ok

(Source: primadollly, via fogblogger)

24ribs:

Taking care of yourself when you suffer from depression is really fucking hard, but whenever you push through and finally take that shower or make that appointment or clean your room you feel so accomplished and empowered.

(via recoveryisbeautiful)

Ohh take me back to the con…