I have found a really good song called Out of the Dark by Matt Hires, which is a great song I think that describes what it is like to have depression. I am not sure if that is what it is about, but it certainly sounds like it and it almost should be I think. He talks about how he needs “help out of the dark” and that he is “in a strange place,” and “even fools can find their way out of the dark.”
I think Matt's words are a really good analogy because depression can certainly be a strange and dark place, and sometimes I even find myself wondering why I am depressed as I can’t really pinpoint the main reason. It is truly dark and strange each time, but I've learned a few things about how to cope.
The hardest part, especially when you have a mild case of depression, is admitting it. It’s hard because it is hard for anybody to admit that anything is wrong, but it is a crucial step in order to moving though a depressed period. Because if you don’t admit that there is something going on inside, then you are never going to change and get better.
It is also important to realize that while you are the only one that can help you, your support network is very important. Most likely when somebody says that you need help you are going to say no, which is a very normal reaction. It took me awhile to accept that I needed to go see somebody, but when I did, I was relieved, felt supported and allowed others to support me too. I have learned that it is okay to admit when I am in a "dark place" and that I am never alone in it. How do you cope with getting "out of the dark"?