When we have depression, it’s like there’s a war raging in our brains, but because depression is a mental illness, it’s not always obvious that we’re struggling. These six doodles show some of the things we might be feeling.
1. Overwhelming thoughts and feelings
Sometimes we feel like our heads are going to explode. There’s such a lot of noise going on in there, we can’t bear it. Our thoughts and feelings overwhelm us.
2. Menaced by anxiety
Depression, and its partner in crime, anxiety, don’t care where we are or what we’re doing. We can be somewhere familiar, doing something we would normally enjoy, yet still be menaced by them.
3. Misleading smiles
We can still smile and laugh when we have depression. But you don’t see what goes on in our heads when we’re alone with our thoughts.
4. Depression lies loudly
Depression finds words and phrases that hurt us, and beats us up with them, over and over again. We believe what it says.
5. Afraid of the future
Depression sucks the joy from us. We can’t find anything to look forward to – we’re too worried about everything.
6. Confidence is at rock bottom
Our confidence and self-esteem take a battering from depression. Getting them back can feel impossible.
These doodles show what you don’t see about depression. What we often can’t see ourselves is any hope that we will get better. But we can. Keep hoping. Have a bonus doodle from us…
You can do it
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