Grumpy Old Ganz
The Lonely Road
You may know someone who suffers from some form of depression. I don’t want to focus on the statistics, but I would rather emphasize what it means to just listen or show you care to an individual suffering from this disorder.
A conversation with an individual who suffers from depression might start out with someone simply asking, “How’s your day going?” The answer may become more in-depth then you are prepared to deal with. Do you have the time to listen? Do you care? How would you react in this situation?
Not everyone’s depression is relatable so sometimes it’s hard to understand...
While conversing with an individual with depression, they said their biggest struggle was who they were previously and who they are now. I believe the past is a part of us, but shouldn’t define who we are today. Sometimes it’s not that simple though.
The conversation with this individual moved to medications. Their opinion was that while on medication they found it just suppressed or masked feelings that needed to be dealt with, but in some cases, it might be necessary. I think everyone reacts to medications differently and some are unwilling to go down that road.
Some are also unwilling to ask for help.
For those who reach out, you learn quickly who your true friends are. Sometimes just a quick hello or actively listening for a moment can be enough. For those needing a listening ear, a simple gesture can make a big difference.
Depression is at times debilitating and some would rather dismiss it. I’ve heard people say, “I feel I’m on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell at times,” “It’s a lonely road to be on” and “People are afraid of what they don’t understand.”
Some final words: “For the people that feel alone or unworthy in this world know that you are not!”
“We are all imperfectly perfect.” —Sully Erna