We all have been seeing a lot of effort that has been installed by social media and celebrities to make people grasp what depression is, how to deal with it and how to figure out if somebody is going through it. However, can we really figure out if somebody is going through depression? Is there really a “face” of it?
Let me try to rub some shimmer on this topic. Well.. according to my understanding you cannot really figure out by looking at a person if he/she is going through a phase of depression. Let us fathom this through some examples.
The person in the above image is obviously crying and we all can see it. Don’t we?! The moment we see a picture like this, many words run through our minds and depression is one of them. Now let us all scroll down our eyes to the picture below.
What do we see? A happy face, a happy person smiling right at you. Just like the picture we saw earlier, many words run through our minds and depression isn’t one of them. Of course! That’s where we go wrong. A Taylor Swift’s song just ran through my head (yeah out of nowhere) – “Hey Stephen I know looks can be deceiving but I know I saw a lot in you“. Looks surely are deceiving and hey we all mostly judge a book by its cover, accept it or not!
A happy face can be depressed and that’s the whole truth. You cannot look at a person and just point out “Oh this person is depressed”, doesn’t happen this way. You never know what’s going on behind that beautiful smile he/she always have, glued to their faces.
There are thousands of people who go through this, try to kill themselves and their loved ones, family, friends never had an idea about what they were going through.
Depression has no face, it is as dangerous as cancer. Anyone can be going through it even your closest ones and you won’t be able to realize. So keep talking to your people, ask about how they are doing. You never know what you are doing for somebody just by calling them on their phones or meeting them once in a week or once a month.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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