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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    it bothers me when people who have never been depressed go "I know how you feel" I don't remember what it feels like to be happy, so I wouldn't go up to a happy person and say "I know how you feel" I might go to a depressed person and share my story just to show that maybe we can relate. maybe we can't.
    I go around assuming that everyone has had depression or anxiety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    I go around assuming that everyone has had depression or anxiety.
    You might be suprised how many actually have. It just isn't something people have tattooed on their forehead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    You might be suprised how many actually have. It just isn't something people have tattooed on their forehead.
    I agree. I just assume that most people have good public covers. I certainly wouldn't bring it up with most casual acquaintances.
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    I assume that most people have had, in the least, mild episodes of depression. And I think there is this crazy stigma, especially in the US, that we must all be happy, and beautiful, and rich, and perfect. Bouts of depression and sadness are just part of a human condition. But we are taught to reject that.. taught to believe it must all be sunshine and rainbows, or we need a pill. I think tremendous growth can occur when one realizes its okay to be sad sometimes.

    NOT sad continually though. Not to confuse it with chronic depression or chem imbalances.
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    I guess yeah most people have experience sadness, but depression to me is different like marm said their's the flat affect depressed which is me except when I'm alone and really far down then I'm crying to the point of puking.
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    Oh, god.

    Me: "Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about-- have you ever been depressed?"
    Hunky-dory girl: "Yeah."
    Me: "Have you ever known what it feels like to want to die? Or that your existence doesn't matter? Or that you're testing your capacity for pain every fucking day?"
    Her: "N--"
    Me: "Then you have no idea what it's like. It's not just about being sad."

    If you've never been depressed, you might be able to understand it, but you obviously won't be likely to feel it or compare it to your own emotions, because pain isn't something that you can quantify or just be like, "Hey, here's a wire to my brain. Plug it into yours and see what it's like." NO. I'll quote Charlie Sheen here: "You borrow my brain and you're like DUDE, can't handle it!"

    Then again, I can't just imagine pain. I have to experience it to know it, which is probably more of an individual characteristic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huxley3112 View Post
    I assume that most people have had, in the least, mild episodes of depression. And I think there is this crazy stigma, especially in the US, that we must all be happy, and beautiful, and rich, and perfect. Bouts of depression and sadness are just part of a human condition. But we are taught to reject that.. taught to believe it must all be sunshine and rainbows, or we need a pill. I think tremendous growth can occur when one realizes its okay to be sad sometimes.

    NOT sad continually though. Not to confuse it with chronic depression or chem imbalances.
    Yeah, it's impossible to measure people's pain. Everyone handles it differently. I've actually brought up my intense bouts of anxiety with people and a common response is, "you don't seem anxious." I find this insulting. It seems that only the few people who have actively seen me curled up in a fetal position in tears or been in a room where I've woken up screaming in the middle of the night really truly understand what anxiety has put me through. Because of that, I assume that I don't know what others have been through either. (A seemingly happy person may have severe depression.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    Yeah, it's impossible to measure people's pain. Everyone handles it differently. I've actually brought up my intense bouts of anxiety with people and a common response is, "you don't seem anxious." I find this insulting. It seems that only the few people who have actively seen me curled up in a fetal position in tears or been in a room where I've woken up screaming in the middle of the night really truly understand what anxiety has put me through. Because of that, I assume that I don't know what others have been through either.
    same here I don't show emotion outwardly so i can be a total wreck inside and i'll say i'm anxious and some will say "you don't seem ancxious" diidsfnafjhnusthnjknfjnfsjk!!!
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    you can't understand depression unless you've been depressed
    no, we're not that special.

    I don't understand depression and it's kinda been with me for a while now...

    I mean everybody understands the symptoms, but what triggers them, and what can you do to change it all?

    It's just way too complex.

    Not like a broken bone...or other physical conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    If you don't understand depressoin, play this game, it works if only for a moment.

    http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/elude.php
    I don't get it. Depressed people are bored?

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