"If you feel alone and down, anxious and low. If you feel deep sadness but can't find a root cause. If people tell you to 'snap out of it' or 'things can only get better' or 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger', know that it's simply not always true. Sometimes it does kill you.
Please seek help. No one will think you're being melodramatic, I swear. No one will think you're silly or wasting people's time. No one will say 'what? But you're always so happy, maybe you're just having a bad day'. For some people, every day is a bad day and they get through it, but sometimes they stop getting through it.
If depression can (allegedly) kill Robin Williams, one of the world's greatest funny men, well it can get any of us at any time. If the Genie from Aladdin can suffer and the DJ in Good Morning Vietnam can be affected by it, then so can you, or your child or friend or work colleague.
I always remind myself of the quote from Watchmen:
"Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says, "But doctor... I am Pagliacci."
Please. Ask for help. If you have no one or if you don't want to to tell them yet, then ring Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for someone to talk to, or talk to your GP.
The world needs you even if you don't think it does. I promise, we need you here, now."
Don't suffer in silence. Tell somebody.
"I have a black dog, his name is Depression"
There are some free books which may be helpful
8 Reasons Your Life Matters
"If I were to disappear, would anybody notice?" Each of us has asked that question in dark, honest moments. John Herrick combines personal struggles with biblical insight. Injecting eight chapters with humor, memoir moments, and a postmodern perspective on life, Herrick shares eight reasons your life matters:
Your Life is More Permanent than Your Struggles
God Sees You Differently than You See Yourself
You Have a Destiny
You are Remembered, not Forgotten
You Were Someone's First Pick
Your Absence Would Leave a Permanent Hole
People Need to See You Overcome
You are Loved and Valued
Stress Relief: 30 Simple Habits for Reducing Stress: An easier way to relieve tension, clarify your priorities and enjoy a better life (Armin Bergmann's 30 Simple Habits Book 2)
Throughout the course of your daily schedule, it is highly likely that there are multiple sources of stress that you may encounter. Your primary sources of stress might be encountered at home, at work, at school or they may be the direct result of some of the people you interact with in your daily life. All of us try to relieve stress to one degree or another, but many of the most commonly utilized sources of stress relief can become rather unhealthy and ironically often result in an increase in overall stress. In this concise book, we will look at more effective ways to relieve stress and tension in a healthy manner. My hope is that this collection of 30 simple habits for reducing stress will be a helpful and encouraging source of information for you as you navigate the pressures of daily life.
Turning Stress into Success: Understanding, Managing, and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Panic Disorder
You'll come to understand what anxiety, panic, worry, stress, and fear mean in your life and how to address each. You'll learn different mental and physical strategies that can alleviate stress and bring your mind back to focus. You'll also look at the different schools of psychology and how to choose a psychologist or therapist that can help you on your journey to become anxiety-free. And lastly, you'll learn about how nutrition and physical health can turn your body and your mind around.
Relaxation and meditation techniques can reduce your blood pressure and stress levels
Mindfulness & Meditation: Mastering Meditation & Mindfulness, your Guide for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul.
This book gives explanations and methods to clear your mind and live for today. It shows great ways to eliminate stress but most of all, how to deal effectively with the past.