There are so many people who battle with mental health disorders such as depression. A lot of people lack understanding of this issue, because they either haven't been through it, haven't had someone close to them go through it or they just haven't heard someone's story who battles with it. In this last part of I'm Depressed, not Defeated I have one more story to share!
Whitney's meaning of Depression.
To me depression means never being able to be one hundred percent happy no matter what's going on. It's a feeling of hopelessness- like circumstances will never get better no matter how hard you work to improve them.
Depression has had a very negative impact on my growth as a person. It has held me back from countless opportunities and friendships. Any mental illness, not just depression, can and will push your loved ones away if left unchecked.
Whitney's history with Depression.
I've battled with depression since early childhood. I was that girl that was picked on a lot and it negatively impacted my self-esteem and ultimately led to the issues I still deal with today. It got to the point I didn't even want to talk to people out of fear of embarrassment and that fear of letting people see the real me is something that I never quite got over. I stayed trapped inside myself for so long that now I'm not even sure who I am if that makes sense.
Coping with Depression.
I'm still learning to cope with my depression. It began at a very early age and as a sort of defense mechanism, I drew into myself and blocked every one else out.
To get my mind off depression I create. Mainly painting and poem/song writing. It makes me feel as if I have a purpose.
Message to people battling with Depression.
I would tell someone who is battling with depression to GET HELP! Regardless of if you have support or not, do it for YOU!
Message to people who don't understand people who are battling with the illness:
I would tell someone who doesn't understand depression and/or makes a mockery of it that it's REAL. It's not as simple as just "cheering up" and if you're not going to even attempt to understand just keep your comments to yourself. It's hard enough to deal with already. All you're doing is making the person suffering from depression feel more misunderstood and more isolated than they already do.
Reading her responses broke my heart but it also gave me so much hope! It broke my heart to know someone so beautiful who's filled with so much talent feels the way she feels, and battles with a illness such as depression. This goes to show, you never know what someone is going through.
I did this act of kindness for both ladies to not only help them tell their story but so they could feel good about their self during the shoot! And I could tell that both of them did! This made me feel good as a person and also as a photographer.
Joi and Whitney taught me so much and has influenced me in such a positive way, that words can't describe!
This series was influenced by a negative comment that was made, and it not only affected me but also people like me. And instead of retaliating in a negative way, we all stood up, stood together and told OUR STORIES! You can tell yours to!
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"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
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