Ever since the devastating news came out regarding the death of the great Robin Williams, I have been hesitate to write or share about his death and the impact it has had on me as of late. Now someone might ask, how would it impact me? Well to be straight to the point it’s the depression and mental illness that has been cursing through my mind and soul. It’s the many faces that come to the forefront that I know well struggling daily with a mental illness. Now that weeks have past, the conversation surrounding mental illness has dwindled but the millions of people dealing with it increases. It’s a funny thing when you are processing something or facing something in your life, how the same topic of conversation arises with friends, family, and strangers. This past week, for instance, was exactly that.
My husband deals with depression and ADD, and has dealt with it from many, many years. Some people understand and others do not comprehend the effect depression has on someone. Before my husband, I just thought depression was just someone who was sad or down for a little while. But I was in for a wake up call. Depression is so much more than that. My husband explains it like a dark pit with no hope and no way out. I sometimes feel like I am in the pit with him when he is in that dark place, but I can still see the edge and the light shining in. I cannot say I know what people who have depression feel like, but I do have the experience of seeing it first hand. If you know of someone who has it, please please be gracious to them. They might be unmedicated, they might have no support around them, they might feel so alone that they don’t want to be here anymore. Depression is real, active, and strong. Without the right support, guidance, and medication its a dangerous disease. I am thankful that my husband has found friends, a counselor, and medication that we have had more good days than bad as of late. It’s a good feeling to see the light in his eyes each day.
So for those of you who want to know more, watch his video below. My husband found it and explains depression perfectly. Please pray for those dealing with mental illness. Depression is just one of the many out there.