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As a person who has major depressive disorder, I’ve noticed almost everyone around me seems to believe they’re very insightful when the topic of my depression arises. “Won’t you just try to help yourself, Samantha.” If this woman knew anything about depression, then she would know I am trying to help myself; I’m trying so hard that even on days when I want to curl up and die, I instead take out a book to try to distract my mind.

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When that old “friend” who contacts me to arrange a meet up gets disappointed because I’m just “no fun anymore” and tells me that maybe all I really need is a good night out. With his hands now on my knees, he tells me: “Sex will really help you. Believe me, I know this, and it is for that reason I do struggle so much on a day-to-day basis.

“Samantha, you have a whole load of depressing books in your house. ” she finally says, eyes crushed together tightly in confusion. I connect with the characters and they help me not to feel so alone,” I reply.

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Those are the people who really don’t say much at all, but allow me the space to talk while they listen. For the other people, when I try to explain that my depression has me feeling suicidal, do not tell me that I am ungrateful for life or that I should be thankful for what I have. I have a house over my head, but that head is full of dark horrors and trauma.

Please do not ask or criticize me for needing to take antidepressants and anti-psychotics.

If you were standing where I’m standing, you might have made the same choice I did.

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