Mental Health

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about suicide. When a person commits suicide it’s not because they are weak. It’s because they are sick.

Often times they have been suffering for many years with a chemical sadness known as clinical depression.

Clinical depression is not something that we can control.

I was on a message board earlier today responding to someone who had put in their two cents. I tried to ignore it, but I had to respond as this woman’s sentiment is one that many people have and that is that our ability to happy is up to us. It’s based on our willpower alone.

But for those of us who have suffered from depression or mania or hallucinations all know that that just isn’t the case.

Yes, we have to want to be happy. We have to be hopeful and take care of our bodies and exercise and do fun things, but doing and trying hard isn’t enough when it comes to being happy.

Those of us who have struggled with mood disorders know that to be happy it’s a partnership between our wills and our bodies. And if our body doesn’t want to cooperate. If it’s not able to properly handle our brain chemicals that regulate happiness then we are stuck, up the creek without a paddle.

It sucks. bad.

For those of you who feel misunderstood. For those of you who have had to deal with people who say, “you don’t look sick.” Or that you “aren’t trying hard enough.”

Don’t listen to those lies. We know better.

We know better.

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