Depression can feel like the loneliest place in the world. You can be in a room full of people, hiding behind a mask of smiles and laughter, but inside feeling like a person trapped on a desert island not knowing which way to escape.
Do you try and pretend it's not there or that it is not a serious condition?
Do you find you’re always tired? It can be very debilitating, making everyday tasks like climbing your own Everest.
Sometimes it's just about finding someone to listen. Not only listening but listening without judgement. Someone who doesn’t see crying or being emotional as a weakness.
I’m guessing you would like nothing better than to feel happy again and be yourself.
Never call that problem stupid or tell everyone that it is nothing to worry about.
For those who think someone they know is showing these symptoms….
The important thing is to be there. Be genuine, don’t lie to them. Don’t tell them things and not really mean them. A hug or simple ‘I’m here for you, if that’s okay’. Tell them how much you value their friendship and that you care about their life. That conversation could quite literally save their life. I know. I have spoken to many at this point over the years.
Depression can make people feel worthless and not needed. Be there to reassure that person that they really matter and that you want to help.
As a hypnotherapist the most important initial job I can do is listen and bring a sense of relaxation back to that person. For them it’s probably felt like they’ve been a coiled spring waiting to break for way too long.
It’s a journey… but it’s a journey back to discovering the real you again.