Doncaster woman opens up about her experience with depression and shares her honest thoughts

Columnist Lisa Fouweather opens up about her experience with depression and how it makes her feel on a regular basis.

Friday, 20th August 2021, 11:38 am

My depression doesn’t feel like sadness.

How weird is that?

The illness itself is called depression, and yet, it doesn’t make me feel depressed.

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Lisa speaks about her depression.

Instead, it makes me feel numb.

Empty.

You see, when my depression surfaces, I don’t want to cry, or scream, or run away.

I don’t want to do anything, for all my energy has gone.

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When I do so much as think of doing something, anything, I am filled with a sense of dread, a horrible feeling that consumes my entire being.

And this horrible feeling that I talk of? It persists.

No matter how much sleep I’ve had, I still feel tired all day.

Such tiredness makes a 24 hour day feel never ending.

When the end finally does come, I cannot relax or unwind, for I am left questioning how I will get through the rest of my life?

I ask myself ‘Will this feeling ever go away? Will I always feel this low? This hopeless?

It doesn’t matter how much experience I’ve had with this illness, and nor does it matter that I, arguably more than anyone, am aware that depression is like the seasons, meaning that it will always pass.

Why doesn’t this matter?

It doesn’t matter because, in the moment, when brighter days are nowhere to be seen, depression feels utterly inescapable.

And the worst part?

It’s not the depression itself, believe it or not, but it’s the way it turns me into a shell of my former self.

It’s the way it leaves me empty, hollow.

And so, it is for this reason that, now, when I feel my depression ‘creeping in,’ I do not say: ‘I feel depressed,’ instead, I say, ‘I feel empty.’

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