“The stealer of life!” they call it.
The biggest thief of all time!
Every chance it gets; it takes away a valuable soul.
People still do not know what depression is, while others choose to ignore the fact that depression is as real as a heart attack. Together with the oblivion of why it causes one to take their life there is ignorance. Depression in South Africa, is considered as a white mans’ disease and when a black person is diagnosed, he or she is seen as an attention seeker, which is not always true.
This demon has turned people against themselves. It makes people their own worst enemy and forces them to live a life they never imagined could be their own. It forces you to put on a façade and always pretend to be a happy and joyful person amongst people who have an expectation of how you should be feeling. They think depression is sadness. They think it is dressing in black attire. But people are wrong. It is the constant feeling of being deprived of sensation. Being numb to emotions; numb to life – feeling absolutely NOTHING- waking up to bleakness is your cup of tea. Getting help is important than keeping to yourself and hoping the situation will change. It does not help!!!
By Julia Ngubane