posted by [identity profile] tangotabby.livejournal.com at 05:17am on 29/11/2011
>>> Tweets took the expected turn: "we saw him yesterday afternoon - he wasn't depressed!" "He didn't look ill!" And of course, the perennial favourite, "he had everything, why would he take his own life."<<<

People who haven't been there really just don't get it :-( It doesn't seem logical to commit suicide when you're got an outwardly great life, but depression *ISN'T* logical!

And those comments really hurt. I still remember a friend saying to me, "How can you be depressed?!?! You've got a great life!" And it HURT! Unfortunately at that point I was asking myself the same unfair question, so her comment, frankly, made me feel even worse. Even knowing that it's a *physical* problem and not something I can battle with will power alone, when the demons have their hold on me and I *can't* think logically, the question comes up again in my mind. I'm lucky that treatment has made those episodes fewer and less severe, but they're never going to go away....

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