Feeling Depressed vs. Having Depression

When I say I have depression, it does not mean I occasionally feel the emotion of being “depressed”; it means I have a mental illness. I have depression.

I feel numb, like there is nothing else around me but darkness and bitter cold.

When I say I have depression, it means on a daily basis my head is poisoned with thoughts of suicide and self-destruction. I want to talk about it, but events in my past have lead me to thinking that no one wants to hear it. I believe I am unimportant and a “burden” to this world.

I’m Not ‘Feeling Depressed,’ I Have Depression
By Brianna Yorke, Contributor, The Mighty

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