Depression, a topic that most, if not all, of us have a little to share on. Believe it or not, nearly everyone has suffered from depression at times, meaning that your parents, your grandparents, your aunt, your cousin's half-brother's girlfriend's sister, etc have likely also been there at some point.
Depression is a tough emotion, one that can show up out of the blue. Often, you can see nothing wrong with your life, but you feel upset, tired, and worthless nevertheless.
What hurts worse is trying to hide it and pretend you are perfectly happy and fine even when you aren't. Because October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time for many to reflect on Breast Cancer and think of what it may have done to them, a family member, a friend, etc, we thought that Depression and Breast Cancer as well as many other forms of Cancer and illnesses just might go hand in hand.
So please, people of Bulbagarden, talk to us. Tell us your stories of times you were depressed, how you got through it, what may have caused it or if it was caused by nothing. Share with us and get it all out there, as well as take time to hear the stories of others--you just might find that someone out there is suffering from depression for the same reason you are even. By sharing our stories, we can help each other. What helped you may be just what someone else needs.
I do want to remind you, though, that this is not a contest. If someone was depressed and didn't know why, you are not to try and brandish your own reasons for depression in their face and make them feel bad for you because 'your life is worse' or whatever reason it is. That is rude and inconsiderate, as we all have feelings and this is a time to share, not a time to see who has a the hardest time in life.
So I urge you to be kind, be helpful, and be serious. Depression is not a joke and joking around is not always going to cheer someone up.
Thank you, and have fun sharing. Remember, you can post your stories here, in the thread, or in your blogs, or even write it out as a story format and post it in the Writer's Workshop. Just remember, if you post it anywhere besides the thread, to make sure you title it 'Outreach Depression' or something along those lines so people know what you are getting at. Also, don't post your stories just anywhere on the forums, please, stay within the blogs, this thread, and the Writer's Workshop.
Be kind, be considerate, and let's make this a meaningful month!