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  1. Olivia says

    Just like any mental illness and as you said, no two cases are the same. Before the pandemic, if you would have asked me if I had ever experienced depression I would have said no. Only during this pandemic have I felt spouts of depression, but nothing like you described. Again, proving that no two cases are the same. Theres a scale to everything.

    I for one and so glad you chose to not take your life. I would never have been able to meet you and you would never have got to live the life you’re living. Speaking out about things like this helps to make others feel more normal in what they’re going through. So thank you for that!

    Olivia | https://olivialucieblake.com

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for sharing and for all the love! It’s really important that we spread awareness even if it’s just to a few hundred readers because you never know who needs to hear it! You’re right about there being a scale to everything but everyone handles emotions differently. Even the mildest case can be serious depending on who is experiencing it~ so we’ve just gotta keep showing love 💖

  2. ahiricreates says

    I’m so glad u wrote this article! Very truly said there’s difference between being sad and depressed and being sad is nrml nobody is always happy!
    Sometimes people take depression so lightly..rather they don’t wanna consider it to b a disease and the sufferers suffer in silence..
    You are really strong @Shelly DS! you dealt with depression at such a tender age and now you’re flying in your big sky!! More power to you 💪!

    With love,
    Ahiri♥️ (AhiriCreates.Wordpress.com)

  3. Naimah Mckie says

    Thank you so much for writing this! I’ve had depression for 10 years now and I’m 23. I lost my dad last year at 22 and my depression reached its peak. It’s a pain I don’t think I’ll ever get over but I relate to so much you have written here. This will help so many others. Bless you ♡

    Naimah • http://www.naimahmckie.wordpress.com

    • Shelly DS says

      Oh Gosh Naimah, I’m really sorry that you’ve had to experience such a loss… it’s never easy regardless of age. Hope you’re doing better since losing your dad. One day at a time 💖
      Inbox me if you want to chat offline 😘

  4. LoseWeightWithAng says

    I’ve spent my life with depression, too. You’re right, sometimes it feels like nothing can make you feel better and there’s no way out. It’s hard to get the motivation to dig yourself out of the hole you’re in. I’m glad your opening up about this, and I’m sure a lot of your readers can relate. I hope you’re doing well Shelly!

    Ang / https://loseweightwithang.com

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks for sharing, Ang. It’s so good to see everyone speaking openly about it because that’s something I didn’t see when I was going through the worst. Hopefully we can all make a change – even if it’s a small one.

  5. Helen says

    Lovely post!! What resonated with me the most is that no one will truly have the same experience. Therefore we should not diminish someone else’s experience or the way they feel. What they feel is very valid and we should acknowledge it, whether it be anger, happiness, or depression.

  6. Mimie Mailumo says

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your story Shelly. Feeling depressed has honestly always been a familiar emotion of mine and it got worst during the pandemic, I can’t compare mine and yours and I’m honestly so thankful that you had the strength and courage to write this❤️

    • Shelly DS says

      Thank Mimie 💖 the thing is, we shouldn’t ever have to compare. Your pain is valid, regardless of how big or small it seems in comparison to others’. I really hope you are doing better 💖

  7. imifarm says

    You have explained depression so eloquently and I believe your honest will help so many people find the courage to be open with other about their own mental illness. You have shown so much strength in navigating how to look after and manage your depression xxx

  8. Caroline says

    This is so amazing of you to share. I totally relate, depression feels like a death sentance. It feels like you are going to be trapped forever.

  9. doriondori says

    My story is similar to yours. Except I lost my mother at 20 and after a very enlightening conversation with my sister, I learned that I was like this “practically from birth lol”. I grew up thinking I was “normal” but knew I was different. Thank you for sharing your story. It helped me feel less alone.

  10. beatdepression776 says

    Hi Michelle. Thank you for sharing your heart by explaining how depression affects you. It’s lovely that sufferers have such a great platform like WordPress in which to express their feelings and share their personal stories. I wish you all the best with your journey to recovery. What are some things that have helped ease your depression?

  11. vacationpending says

    I’ve had depression for 5 years now it feels like normal life at this point but thank you for sharing your story and being able to see light at the end of the tunnel. Depression only makes us stronger

  12. Samanthamj says

    Thank you for sharing, and your explanation on this. I’m trying so hard to understand. I am worried sick about my children and think maybe they are dealing with depression. I can’t believe how close I came to losing at least one of them. I have some hope that they will get help, but I can’t make them now that they are adults. I feel so helpless.

    • Shelly DS says

      I’m really sorry you have to go through this… my daughter is only 2 and it hurts me to see her sad. I can only imagine how hard it must be to watch grown kids struggling with mental health! Do you think it’s to do with the pandemic? Or is this something that had been persistent? Have you recommended therapy?


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