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Life On The Other Side Of Mental Illness

Why You Must Never Give Up On Life – By A Man Who Nearly Did

Today I have read by far one of the best accounts on depression and anxiety I have every read. Whether you are looking to understand it more, or you have suffered/are suffering now, this article my Matt Haig is beautifully written and brings hope to anyone struggling to see light at the end of the long dark tunnel:

Suicide kills more people than most other forms of violence – warfare, terrorism, domestic abuse, assault, gun crime – put together. This makes depression one of the deadliest diseases.

Yet people still don’t think depression really is that bad. If they did, they wouldn’t say the things they say. Here are the things people say to depressives that they don’t say in other life-threatening situations:

  • ‘Come on, I know you’ve got tuberculosis but it could be worse. At least no one’s died.’
  • ‘Yes, I know, colon cancer is hard, but you want to try living with someone who has got it. Sheesh. Nightmare.’
  • ‘Oh, Alzheimer’s, you say? Oh, tell me about it – I get that all the time.’
  • ‘Ah, meningitis. Come on, mind over matter.’
  • ‘Yes, yes, your leg is on fire. But talking about it all the time isn’t going to help things, is it?’

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  1. Sometimes the universe works in weird ways: Tomorrow is the 16th anniversary of my brother’s suicide, and I don’t know if it’s on my mind with all of the other things going on in it, but I had a suicidal thought today. It’s not the first time, but it has been a while since my last one. I have made two overt steps towards suicide before, as well. So, it’s amazing to peruse my reader looking at all of the blogs today and coming across this one.
    Thank you. It gives me some strength.

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