Depression and trauma commit the most heinous of crimes.
They steal our ability to be happy, to love unconditionally, and to be fully present.
They make it hard to comprehend that our suffering isn’t grounded in a complete and holistic view of reality.
They prevent us from being able to understand that all of us are struggling in our own ways.
They keep us from knowing intrinsically that our experiences and feelings are valid.
We shouldn’t have to be reminded that our lives and our experiences are valid and valuable, but trauma and depression make it necessary.
What’s worse is that being subject to these conditions wasn’t up to us. We didn’t ask to be afflicted with a crippling series of disorders where each decision is questioned, where every effort feels useless, and where all hope randomly fades from view.
But what was always has to be separated from what is for people suffering from depression and trauma. Because without constantly having a different view proffered and reinforced from others, we become stuck. We are only able to see what we can see, and that often means being stuck in a loop not of our making.
Depression and trauma have no known cure. They’re conditions that have to be actively managed and the people suffering from them need support.
It’s a tough road survivors have to tread. No one should have to walk it alone.