This is the way I always describe depression to people who haven’t experienced it.
Imagine you get into work one Monday morning to discover that someone has moved all the furniture around at the weekend. When you ask about it, everyone looks at you as if you’ve gone crazy and tells you that the furniture is all in the same place as it was on Friday afternoon when you left. Naturally, you start to assume that this is some bold practical joke to make you or somebody else feel excluded…until you realize that a) everyone else is there and b) they really ARE insisting that the furniture hasn’t moved.
Suddenly, a truly horrible feeling descends on you that the furniture HASN’T moved but the way you yourself are looking at it must have changed….and you can’t alter the way you now see everything despite desperately wanting it to go back the way it was before.
That grim feeling of isolation, of being entirely alone, of not understanding what happened or why you feel the way you do now when everyone else is fine….
…THAT is depression.
It’s also the creeping horror that people who wake up every morning and seem genuinely happy are actually NOT pretending. You wouldn’t believe how terrifying that is to people with deprssion – it’s like being Jim Carrey in the Truman Show and suddenly believing you’re surrounded by actors….but without the big reveal at the end confirming the belief.
The above post was written during April 2021 by Davey Stone, who originally described depression as ‘suddenly seeing the world in black and white when everyone else insists it’s still in full colour‘. He’s not the most cheerful sausage in the frying pan, but if you like his posts please do follow the blog and share it with your friends. Thanks for reading ‘How To Describe Depression To Someone Who Has Never Had It’.