Stepping Into The Minefield (To Those Who Love A Depressed Person)

Totally great article about a hard thing.

Thank you to the one who loved me thru, and the new friends who are present for me to feed the new lil chick within.

john pavlovitz

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Life with depression is precarious business.

It’s like living full-time in a minefield.

You never quite get comfortable with your surroundings, even when things seem quiet. You always move gingerly, knowing full well that any step could blow it all up and send you reeling again; a bit of bad news, a difficult moment, or worse seemingly nothing at all. And every single time something triggers the sadness and that inner detonation occurs, parts of you get ripped up and shredded—and losing a bit of yourself in this way never gets easier.

One of the things most people don’t understand is the way mental illness isolates you, how it forces you to the periphery of all of your relationships because you know how unstable the ground you walk on each day is and how quickly everything can get ugly. You desperately want to avoid the collateral damage to people you love, so you learn to keep them…

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One thought on “Stepping Into The Minefield (To Those Who Love A Depressed Person)

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I have a few important people in my life who suffer from depression as well as other mental health illnesses.

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