Hey carl, I'm wondering, have you ever been depressed before, I know right now I am, and it'll never end
Of course I get depressed. This past year has been especially tough. I saw the end of a 10 year relationship, the show I put my heart into was shelved into obscurity, and my dog got cancer. It’s like a bad country music song. (maybe saying “bad country song” is redundant). And I wondered at first why I felt off. I haven’t drawn anything in forever. Then I realized I was depressed. It’s not my natural balance to feel that way. I still get happy about a lot of stuff so I didn’t think I was depressed. I’ve realized it’s totally natural to feel down occasionally. But if it’s more than occasionally, there might be something bigger to address.
While I do get depressed, I haven’t had depression. Like real, crippling depression. I’ve been front row to loved ones who suffer from depression for a long time and my heart goes out to folks coping with it. If you feel like it’s bigger than the ebb and flow of life, like something that’s off chemically in your body, please seek out professional help. It can make a big difference. I’ve seen it work. And the first person you find may not be right one to help. Maybe not even the second. But don’t give up. Tell yourself that getting better is worth it.
I promise there is an end to feeling depressed. It’s hard to see, and it does come back. But remember that good things will happen for you as well. Talk to folks who can help you. They have tools to help you navigate through these feelings and find some balance in your life.
I wish you all the best.