I suffer from Depression . And by suffer, I truly mean suffer. There are days that I don’t wish to see another day, let alone lift my head off my pillow. The idea of washing or showering and doing the whole ‘Ground Hog’ day of life seems pointless. It’s not a choice, its a mental health condition. I hate it and try hard to motivate myself. When I can I exercise, I avoid alcohol and I get fresh air. These for me are not enough and I need medication. Medication helps me. It gets me through the darkest cloud and clears the fog. I literally could not live without it at times. So please, please, if you do not have experience with depression, real true depression, do not suggest I ‘snap out of it’ and that meds do not help. You really don’t know and your words are hurtful, as if somehow I am weak to allow myself to take medication. I am not. You would never dream of saying to someone with diabetes to snap out of it! They have an imbalance that requires medication. I too have an imbalance. Depression is also an imbalance of chemicals. I cannot simply snap out of it.
Choose your words wisely and maybe take time to actually learn what true depression is. Its definitely not a life choice, and if you have never had it, be grateful, not patronising.