Depression is a very real and serious illness that can leave you feeling completely hopeless, helpless, and out of control. Sometimes it can seem like we have put on a new pair of glasses, or lens, and suddenly everything in our past and everything in our future looks different. It’s important to remember that looking through a new lens can change everything and we want to be sure we are aware of the lens we are wearing.
Now, this is not to say that the lens of depression is not real, or that the feelings one has while depressed isn’t real, because they are. However, we have to be aware of what we are looking through because otherwise our whole past and future could become clouded with unhelpful or tainted versions of the truth.
If you are the one struggling with depression, it’s important to talk to someone that knows and loves you well. Try exploring with them if your feelings are based in facts, or if your facts are being changed to fit your feelings. It can be hard to recognize this yourself, so feel free to also talk to a professional. Depression is a very treatable disease and it all starts by acknowledging that we are seeing and feeling things differently than before.