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?’