Mmm…Candy hearts full of meds
Depression can wreak havoc with your logic. Especially around any holiday. Being Depressed can leave you feeling like no one cares, like you”re alone in the universe, like everyone you love is slipping away.
Valentine’s Day is my least favorite holiday for being Bipolar, mostly because I’m married. I always want to be my best self, especially during romantic holidays, but when I’m depressed, that can be a tall order.
Loneliness is a strange emotion which can make even the most crowded room feel empty. No matter how alone it makes me feel, I know how much Depression lies. And I have the stats to prove it.
Stats for Loneliness
If you’re anything like me, stats help heal, so here are a few to keep in mind:
- One in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. (source)
- 6.7% of all U.S. adults in the United States has had at least one major depressive episode. (source)
- In 2013, depression was the primary driver of disability in 26 countries. (source)
- Support groups for Depression and other illnesses are more available than ever. Find one near you Here
- “Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.” (source)
depression stats for the less calculated
- Someone in your life is worried about you.
- There is a whole community of bloggers, speakers, artists etc. who are successfully living with Depression.
- Many people with Mental Illness have successful, long-lasting relationships.
- Depression can be treated in a number of ways from medication to therapy.
- I hear you, and I see you.
Keeping mental illness at bay can be difficult, but it is not insurmountable. Reach out to those around you, join a support group, or just follow a blog 😉
While in the depths of loneliness, it may be hard to see the light. But believe me, it’s out there.
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