If you’ve listened to the song ‘Heavy’ by Linkin Park, then you probably would know where this post is taking you. I, through my previous posts, have talked about different things, including my own experiences. But through this post, I want to talk about something which is part of a lot of people’s life. Some are trying to deal with it, while some don’t even know about it.
What I’m talking about here, is Depression. A lot of people would find it boring to read about it, and that’s where the problem is. People don’t know what it is and that is why they don’t take it seriously. But depression is real. And it’s darker than it seems to be. It is a lot, lot more than someone just saying “I’m depressed.” It is a state of mind which could eat you alive on the inside and you would still seem normal on the outside. In terms of psychiatry, it a state where one loses the ability to feel the happiness, joy, and positivity like a normal person would do. In extreme cases, it can take the life of the sufferer. Yes, you read it right. Approximately 800, 000 lives are lost to suicide annually. The reason? Depression. So how exactly does depression works?
To make the answer as simple as possible, it doesn’t work at all. What does the job is our own mind. As we all know, our mind works in mysterious ways. But this is a mystery no one would want to be a part of. And yet somehow many are. Depression doesn’t have a face. It resides in ones mind, where only the person inside whose mind it is, is able to look in to. Have you ever seen someone who is always happy? Someone who is always jumping up and down with joy. By whose only presence would light up the room. All of this seems right, doesn’t it? But as soon as that person is on his/her own, alone, the devil starts to take over. The person suddenly gets lost inside the mind of their own. Thinking about things that don’t even exist, but are malign. The mind starts stacking up problems that are so unnecessary *and that’s a line from the song*. Many times, even being with other people doesn’t work. Imagine you are with a lot of people. Chilling, having fun. But suddenly you find yourself out of that place, mentally. Your mind totally disconnects from all the positive things going on around you without you realizing it. That feeling, is depression. If you want to get a hint of how strong and dark it could get, take the example of Chester Bennington. Listening to him, his songs, no one would have ever thought he would leave us like that. The person who had helped innumerable people get through depression, would lose the battle of his own. If a person that strong could not stand against depression, what would a normal person do?
Considering all of this, it is extremely vital that we take this seriously and act upon it. How do we do it? Talk. Whether you are going through it, or you know someone who is, the best thing to do is talk as much as you can. If you don’t, things start to pile up inside you which makes it heavy to carry. So just let it out. No matter how difficult it seems, tell everything you feel to someone who would understand. And if you know someone who is going through this, just go and have a conversation with them. May it take time, but eventually the person will open up. Besides this, try to do things you would really love to do. Give it some time. Depression is not a small thing. But if we fight hard enough, it would never be bigger than us.
P. S.: YouTube/Linkin Park/Heavy. Depression is a lot more than whatever you just read, and this song literally says everything about it. Also, be open to talk to people. I would request all of you who’s reading this, to be aware of it and share it across. Positivity is the key!
Till next time, peace!