Twitter users have been sharing their personal experiences in a candid and eye-opening way: sharing confessions about the damaging things that people say to them, the hardest part of their day, and how depression affects them physically as well as mentally. But perhaps most importantly, these tweets destroy common misconceptions surrounding the illness.
Below are some of the powerful and deeply moving tweets that are helping to create a change.
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs the depths it can plunge you into your own mind and the energy it takes to climb back out.— Brenden Dilley (@Hublife) August 7, 2015
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs it truly never goes away, the thoughts and feelings stay even when you're at your happiest— unapologetic bitch (@unapologetiicb) August 8, 2015
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs when people say "you don't seem depressed" No one sees what goes on under the surface— Sassy Sunflower (@SassySunflowr) August 7, 2015
There is still a stigma attached to depression, as society tends to brush off those suffering from it by mocking them and asking questions like, "What do you have to be depressed about?" There is also the common myth that depression is a state of mind or a choice.
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs that people think it's a choice.— Erika L. Sánchez (@ErikaLSanchez) August 7, 2015
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs that people do not treat depression like any other medical illness. In fact, some of us are mocked for having it— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) August 7, 2015
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs people asking "what do you have to be depressed about?"— J. Skyler (@jskylerinc) August 7, 2015
It's also not just emotional turmoil. It's physical pain, too.
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs the physical pain that most people don't talk about. Depression HURTS.— Baenerys (@Auragasmic) August 7, 2015
People don't understand that those suffering from depression are not looking for attention — and it's deeply insulting, as well as counter-productive, to think that.
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs people thinking your looking for attention— Clairebear (@claricecarolyn) August 10, 2015
Another common trend shown by these tweets is the helplessness that people suffering from depression feel and how they are made to hide their feelings for fear of disappointing those around them.
#TheWorstPartOfDepressionIs the guilt. Feeling like you are letting everyone down. That those you love deserve someone better.— Ros (@GameOverRos) August 7, 2015
Hopefully this hashtag is just the start of a greater movement towards better understanding and more empathy shown to people struggling with depression.
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