There are a lot of things that can be difficult about having a condition that isn’t seen as much as felt. If you have suffered from depression in the past, or are living with it now, you might have questions at some point like,
- why has this happened to me,
- how do I get better,
- how will I know when I’m better?
When someone breaks their leg, we all know when they are better – they are walking again. When an asthmatic has an attack, we all know they need their puffer, and then they feel relief within minutes. When you have a cold, you know you are better when the fog lifts and you’ve stopped sneezing or coughing. But when you suffer from depression, what is the sign for everyone, including yourself, that it’s over? For a lot of other conditions, there can seem to be a more finite treatment and recovery endpoint.
Understanding how you were susceptible to depression in the first place is a good place to start, because it’s related to your recovery.