How many times have you read an article about depression and seen a photo of someone, normally a woman, with their head in their hands. Sometimes they are sitting in bed, sometimes the photo is moody black and white.
It is like the go to "depressed" look but why? Don't get me wrong I have spent many a time sitting in my bed with mascara all down my face but there is much more to it than that.
You see depression doesn't really have a "look". Yes, depression can have an impact on your physical appearance but it is different for every person.
I recently saw comments on an article about a girl who took a photo every day of herself during a bad wave of depression. One of the comments claimed that the girl was "obviously" lying about her mental health because how could she even take photos if she is depressed.
This bothered me greatly especially since the comment came from someone who said they also suffer from depression. We need to remember that it affects us all differently and not every day is going to be the same.
So yeah, I've been that girl with her head in her hands but I have also been the girl who puts on a ridiculous Micky Mouse cap and takes wonderful selfies. Sometimes it is a ridiculous moustache.
That's the thing about a "hidden" illness, you can't always see it. Obviously.
Taking less of an interest in your appearance can be a symptom of depression but that doesn't effect everyone all of the time. Personally, I use make up and fashion as a way of coping with how I feel. I can put on a character for the day and that can make my day just that little bit easier.
Inside I might feel empty and sometimes I let that emptiness win over but not every day. Going to events, seeing friends or even just going to the shops can be a difficult task. You may not think so because of my social media feeds. If you went on my Instagram right now you would see photos of cocktails, tasty food and yes, again, wonderful selfies.
Those things might make you think that I am fine and dandy all the time. That I am a happy and healthy girl all day, every day but remember we all like to show the best version of ourselves online. The best version isn't always the full story.
Depression can come in waves. For me it feels like it something just at the back of my head, always there and lingering. Sometimes I let it take over but sometimes I fight back. It is a constant battle in my head. One that many of us are fighting and you might not even know it.
This why you can't narrow down this illness into one sad looking photo and assume that is how everyone looks 247. Depression has many faces.
Till the next time