This viral hashtag is challenging us to think differently about depression.
Originally invented by a PR company, “Blue Monday” is supposedly the most depressing day of the year due to a combination of winter weather, the end of Christmas partying, and the probable increase in debt due to the holiday season.
But instead of moaning about the saddest day of the year, these Twitter users are challenging us to consider our perceptions of depression and to be mindful of others who experience depression 365 days a year, not just on “Blue Monday.”
Using #LivingWithDepressionIs, see how these online activists are revealing what their lives with depression are really like. Here’s some of the highlights:
#LivingWithDepressionIs taking 2 hours laying in bed to finally muster energy to get dressed – then laying down again because even that was too much.— T-Buc (@tifapriltwenty) January 15, 2018
#LivingWithDepressionIs not being sad.— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) January 15, 2018
Sadness is like rain; even the most intense downpour stops eventually.
Depression is like air; you can hold your breath for a while and pretend it’s not there, but it doesn’t go away — and eventually you have to breath it back in.
#LivingWithDepressionIs— Manda Posthumously🦾🥦🏳️🌈 (@ShutUpAmanda) January 15, 2018
Impossible when you don’t have the right information. To really deal with the issue, you have to understand what it is and how it works.
That’s why we do this.
#LivingWithDepressionIs nothing to be ashamed of. A lot of people are fighting the same battle you are. Hang in there.— Moose Crocker (@BradCrocker125) January 15, 2018
Let’s pray today for all those impacted by depression and other mental illnesses, especially those struggling against stigma and prejudice.