Depression Is Real

“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

4 thoughts on “Depression Is Real

  • November 28, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Beautiful babe
    People really need to be taught about depression..they are only aware of it because our brothers and sisters took their own lives…thanks Julia

    • November 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

      So true..
      Thank you so much for actually taking the time to read it.

  • November 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Depression is a silent killer and it doesn’t choose where you are black or white,rich or poor,young or old,women or men.We need to talk more about depression and support one another.

  • November 29, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I don’t really know much about Depression and reading such things makes me aware of it and I couldn’t believe some of the similarities, I think it’s safe to say I know why the caged bird sings. Thank you Julia.


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