The most common misconception is that depression = sadness. This isn’t always the case. Some days I wake up with a full list of things to do and can’t bring myself to doing them. It’s laying on the couch not being able to sort through the overwhelming list of continuous things to do. It’s watching your kiddos play and feel like (even though they are within arms reach) they are so far away. What brings on the sadness is the fact that you feel like doing those things you enjoy yet can’t manage to move or do anything. You look at your life and think. ” I really have it all. All the things that I want and love are here. So why can’t I enjoy them.” Depression is truly debilitating. There are those who, with the best of intentions, just don’t get it. Ever been told to snap out of it or why are you so down, you have a great life? It’s infuriating! Life is good and I should be grateful and yet the motivation just isn’t there. Daily tasks are daunting. Thinking you let your family down is heartbreaking. Thinking you should be able to do better in maddening. After a while, you don’t even realize it’s a depressive episode and just consider it daily life. It doesn’t have to be this way. Be mindful of your emotional state. Seek help, take back your life. I’ll delve deeper into what depression feels like and how it affects me on a daily basis. Keep looking for more posts in the future. I’ll explain the clinical terms of depression and hopefully find some ways to manage even the lowest of days. Tell me about your low days. How does depression affect you or your family? I’d like to get to know you and let you know that you aren’t alone. This is a safe place and you don’t need to be ashamed of not being the best you on some days.