Hey, what's up?
I hope you had a great week.
Life was already hard for a lot of people before the pandemic. Now it just seems impossible. It's as if angst, anger, uncertainty, and fear are the prevailing sentiments echoed by everyone around us. This has compounded the challenges a lot of everyday people face.
I have experienced depression myself; I can tell you first hand it's grueling. The feeling of helplessness coupled with despondency really scared me. The most confusing part of the ordeal, I couldn't figure out why I was feeling that way. It affected my life, but no one knew what I was going through. During my experience, there was no pandemic. I can't begin to imagine the quiet hell many are living in right now.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. This week's song "A Life In Limbo" is about a depressed man struggling with his condition alone. Though seemingly morbid, the song is actually coming from a place of empathy. I've been there. It's my way of saying to anyone experiencing depression you're not alone.
You should never feel ashamed to talk to someone about what you're going through. For me, trust was always an issue, so that was not an option. I started writing and found it rather therapeutic. From my experience, just the act of expressing those feelings goes a long way. It is the beginning of the healing process we all so desperately seek.