Thank you for sharing your story with us. It’s true that depression triggers isolationism and alienation in us, however, on another side, I believe it brings us more closely to the core of life and humanity. Its pain and sorrow help us be more humane and more compassionate, less judgmental and less prejudiced.
I have been hearing and following lots of debates and discussions about how states and NGOs in U.S. and Europe should, rightly, provide more resources and do more efforts to help those who are struggling with mental health issues. A just cause!
Still, that, instantly, brings me back to the state of mental health community in my country and those communities in non-West regions of the world where depression and other anxiety-related disorders are almost entirely disregarded by governments and, to a lesser extent, civil society organisations. They are likely to been looked at as ‘weird’, ‘insane’ or even ‘demon-possessed’! In my view, for the majority of anxiety-wrestlers the support or professional help are either unavailable, or available at high prices. A sad truth!
Lately, I have watched a video posted on YouTube by The School of Life, titled On Feeling Melancholy . A sympathy-charged art work with many of the brilliant lines being narrated, with my favourite among them was; “ The sorrow is not just about you, that you have not been singled out, that your suffering belongs to humanity in general.”