Living with depression is difficult for numerous reasons as one experiences symptoms, including weight changes, disrupted sleep patterns, disinterest, apathy, etc. But a life with depression is evident in even more subtle ways. How is depression reflected in our everyday tasks? What tiny changes occur in the lives of those who have depression that end up dismantling their entire support system?

• YOU STOP USING PRODUCTS YOU USUALLY USE DAILY.

A number of lotions, makeup, and toiletries remain sealed, because you don’t think you should take care of your body anymore. You’ve also begun to care less about your appearance and hygiene, because getting ready to go out seems to exhaust you.

• YOUR FRIDGE IS FULL OF FOOD GONE BAD.

You promise to use everything the next time you go shopping. But you don’t, because you have lost your appetite and cooking suddenly seems a waste of time. That is why the garbage is overflowing with wrappers from junk food that you usually order on the spur of the moment.

• YOUR ROOM STARTS TO GET CHAOTIC.

Your personal space is cluttered and messy. It needs cleaning and tidying up far more frequently, because you find it hard to make choices about what you should keep and what you should throw away. Neither do you care about washing your laundry anymore, because you don’t really think you will go out that often.

•YOU START GETTING BEHIND WITH WORK.

Your school work, work assignments, and tasks are all past due. You tell yourself that you will do them the following day, but you don’t seem to be able to commit yourself to anything anymore.

• YOU START CANCELLING PLANS.

You are a master at making excuses for work, social meetings, and school. What’s the point in going when all you wish is to become invisible?

• IT’S HARD TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU.

Answering phone calls? Answering doors? You feel overanxious every time the bell or phone rings. Do you realize that you wish people would go away just when you need them most?

These are only some of the ways depression can be reflected in people’s lives. Not everyone is the same and neither is their depression. Making changes to these small fall-backs is the first step toward confidence, self-love, self-appreciation, and a healthier, fuller life. You deserve it.

M. K. S.

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